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US engineering giants merge

US engineering firms Thornton Tomasetti and Weidlinger Associates have merged, creating a combined firm with 1,200 employees operating in 34 cities worldwide.

The new firm will operate under the Thornton Tomasetti name, although three divisions will continue to operate under the Weidlinger name: Weidlinger Applied Science, Weidlinger Protective Design and Weidlinger Transportation.

Thornton Tomasetti’s UK operation is based in London. Projects include providing structural design services for the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. In the UK, Weidlinger’s main office is in Glenrothes, Fife.

Thomas Scarangello will continue as chairman and chief executive of the combined companies. He said: “Combining our firms brings together two highly respected and recognised talent pools, creating significantly greater potential for growth and innovation than either firm could achieve alone. Both our cultures have a ‘one firm’ approach, bringing the best qualified team to bear on any challenge presented by any client. Our more diverse merged expertise allows us to address a wider range of client needs, while offering enhanced breadth and depth of services and extended geographic reach.”

Weidlinger Associates president and chief executive Raymond Daddazio added: “Just as important as our complementary suite of services and geographic footprints is our compatible cultures. While no two firms are exactly alike, ours bear many similarities – including the drive for innovation, long-standing entrepreneurial spirits, and shared values in philanthropy, employee enrichment, embracing challenges and a desire to make lasting contributions. We’re also different enough in ways that our combination will inspire us to think and work in new and exciting ways.”

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