Jan 23, 2023 | Ship classification news

Italian classification society RINA has announced the acquisition of the entire share capital of Patrick Engineering, a Chicago-based engineering consultancy company active in infrastructure, transport and renewable energy.

With a turnover of approximately US$ 82m and 340 employees in 19 offices mainly located in the North-East of the US, Patrick Engineering will be fully integrated into RINA Consulting, the subsidiary of the RINA group operating in the engineering sector.

The acquisition is aligned with RINA’s strategy to grow both organically and via acquisitions and further strengthens the group’s geographic footprint which already has a presence in the largest markets worldwide. As well as adding competencies across the group, the continued international expansion represents a further step in the implementation of RINA’s plan and positions the group to better support international and local clients in large overseas projects.

Ugo Salerno, Chairman and CEO RINA, said: “The acquisition of Patrick Engineering and the combined expertise of the new organisation represents a unique opportunity for expansion and growth in the thriving North American infrastructure market. It establishes an excellent platform not only in this sector, but also to grow all RINA’s businesses to make the US one of RINA’s main hubs. RINA will gain leverage to export its highly specialised competencies in materials, lab testing and innovative technology.”

Daniel Patrick Dietzler, Founder of Patrick Engineering, added: “Our companies complement one another, and our clients and staff will benefit from this acquisition. We will accelerate our growth in new sectors and broaden our expertise. We have a strong client portfolio split between the government and the private sector including transit agencies in major cities and investor-owned utilities and heavy industries across North America. Through RINA’s international network we will gain expertise, particularly in offshore wind, high speed rail and other emerging areas of experience our clients are asking for.”

Founded in 1979, Patrick Engineering, which will remain as a brand part of the RINA Group, offers services in renewables, infrastructures and transport.

Salerno concluded: “Patrick Engineering’s prominent position in the US energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors, combined with RINA’s strong multi-sectorial expertise, particularly in sustainability and energy transition, presents an ideal opportunity to make a significant contribution to projects facilitated by the current bipartisan US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”

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