Martin Koffel , CEO of URS, is bullish on the U.S.
Adam Lashinsky: So URS is number 248 on this year's Fortune 500, so let me ask on behalf of readers and viewers what I think is the most obvious question, which is, What is URS?
Martin Koffel: Well, its name originally was United Research Services, but it's had the acronym URS for, oh, 25 or 30 years. And it is a full-service engineering, construction, and technical service company. And it operates in 40 countries, although it's largely U.S.-centric. And we work on infrastructure, power plants, military contracts, in the oil and gas fields. And it's a portfolio of markets or sectors. That's one way to look at it. And so --
An even shorter way of saying it would be you build things, correct?
We build things, and we operate them. So we design things, we build things, and we operate them. As a result of everything we do, we come to work every day, and the result of everything we do, something physical happens: A lake is cleaned up and wildlife can [live] on it again, or a bridge is built, or an airport is built, or a power plant is built. There's something physical [that] happens.
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