AECOM (formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation) is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients.AECOM_ has approximately 87,000 employees, and is number 161 on the 2017 Fortune 500 list. This is down from 87,500 employees and number 156 on the 2016 list. Fortune named AECOM_ as one of 2015 World’s Most Admired Companies, and again in 2016 & 2017. Engineering News-Record ranked AECOM_ as Number 1 Global Design Firm.
The company’s official name from 1990 to early January 2015 was AECOM_ Technology Corporation. Today, it is known simply as AECOM. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol ACM and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol E6Z.Operating through more than a dozen subsidiaries, AECOM_ traces its origins to Kentucky-based Ashland Oil & Refining Company, which in turn grew out of Swiss Drilling Company, founded in Oklahoma in 1910 by J. Fred Miles. He gained control of some 200,000 acres and formed Swiss Oil Company in Lexington. In 1924 Miles launched a refining operation called Ashland Refining Company, headed by Paul Blazer. While the parent company struggled, leading to the ouster of Miles, Ashland prospered under Blazer’s leadership, and in 1936 he was named chief executive officer of the reorganized company, Ashland Oil & Refining Company.
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