Hatch and LTK are in the final stages of negotiating an integration of the two firms. The combination of Hatch and LTK will create a global service provider focused on the unique needs of clients in the infrastructure, energy, and metals market sectors, the two companies said. LTK’s technical expertise and managerial capabilities in rail vehicle and rail systems engineering will complement Hatch’s existing capabilities in transportation and logistics, urban solutions and water.

The companies said they are closely aligned with similar long-term goals and a desire to help their collective clients solve their toughest challenges.

LTK’s clients will gain access to an integrated multidisciplinary service from planning through to design, engineering, implementation, and maintenance with large-scale global experience, Hatch said. Hatch will double its footprint in the U.S. and be able to provide clients with specialized technical capabilities across transit vehicles and systems to enhance their comprehensive transportation expertise, according to the company.

The companies will make a formal announcement shortly after they conclude the final arrangements.

Hatch has a staff of 9,000 in more than 150 countries while LTK has offices in 23 locations around the world and a staff of more than 450, which includes more than 350 engineers and other professionals with expertise in rail and transit.