Hatch is a global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy. Its group companies have more than 9,000 staff in 70+ offices on six continents. In 2015, Hatch was ranked as a top 20 International Design Firm according to the Engineering News-Record (ENR) rankings. The company was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by W.S. Atkins as W.S. Atkins & Associates in 1955. The company initially was involved in subway tunneling and other civil engineering projects, and expanded into metallurgy when Gerry Hatch joined the company in January 1958. It became known as Hatch in 1962.