M Merrick Grows In Spite of the Economy Record Year for Firm As It Posts 20% Growth in Revenue and Staff 07.15.2009 – Merrick & Company, a 500-person, $85 million engineering, architecture, and mapping firm headquartered in Colorado, posted excellent gains Twitter Pitc this last year in spite of the economy. As the firm finished up its fiscal year on March Merrick grows with 20% incr 31, Merrick experienced 20% growth, both in staffing and revenue. Apparently staff. unaffected by the economy and 2009 market conditions, the firm hired over 100 employees in the past year and opened three new offices, one each in Tennessee, News Facts Texas, and Mexico. Those statistics provide Merrick with a record year in revenues Record year since its founding in 1955. Even with the staff expansion, the firm still has more than increase in r 20 current and pending staff positions to fill, primarily in engineering. And, along with 500-person its growth, Merrick continues to foster the engineering profession and currently has offices in la 12 technical interns in their Aurora office for their 2009 summer intern program. Firm adds 1 Merrick invol markets incl Merrick Involved in Multiple Leading-Edge Markets life science The firm’s diversification over six different market sectors has contributed to its nuclear tech success. The markets include renewable and alternative energy; civil infrastructure; military/gove life sciences including high containment research facilities in agriculture, plant, and infrastructur health research; geospatial mapping, both nationally and internationally; nuclear technology; and the military and government market. All of these sectors were Resource Li Merrick & C carefully selected for long-term growth and opportunity, then financially supported by Merrick & C the firm to build its foothold in each. Tags “For example, Merrick is involved in the planning, design, and construction of Merrick, rev biomass/cellulosic feedstock-to-fuel grade ethanol in the growing energy market,” expansion, e according to Ralph W. Christie, PE, president and chief executive officer. “We’re architecture involved in new forms of biomass feedstock, such as algae, to various biofuels and technologie involved in clean energy projects, including nuclear. Those markets require facilities, nu biofuels, hig specialized expertise and we’re committed to delivering it.” With that expertise, Merrick’s Alan Propp, PhD, PE, of the firm’s fuels & energy group, will be making a presentation on the topic of biofuels commercialization at this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop Conference to be held in Denver June 14 to 18, 2009. Merrick is also involved in high precision mapping as an industry leader in multi- sensor data collection and data fusion. Current projects range from the coastal mapping of Colombia, South America for the Colombian Navy, to mapping a 16,000- square-mile area of natural habitat of the Central Flyway, the main migratory corridor for millions of water fowl in the U.S. Firm’s Success Also Based Upon Planning, Strategy, and Most Importantly, Solving Clients’ Problems Merrick’s growth hasn’t happened by chance. According to Christie, “The impetus behind a firm’s ability to succeed in a tight economy lies in being able to look at the big picture, yet be nimble within that view to adjust programs to meet ongoing external and internal impacts on the business.” “In addition, we’re determined to keep ourselves aligned with what’s happening in our world and deliver value. We plan our strategies, solve our clients’ problems, and stay on our toes to be successful,” says Christie. “Especially in today’s economy, we’re continually pulsing the ever-changing needs of our client base and specific target markets in order to acquire the latest intelligence on the market conditions that are impacting clients. You have to know what’s happening in the market, identify the optimum market sectors to be in, then provide top value to those sectors.” Christie continues on the strategies that have made Merrick successful in spite of the economy, “We clearly identify our target market sectors, then help our clients be more competitive in their market space. Thus, our strategy focuses on allocating both our people and financial resources to those markets that are providing the greatest opportunities for our clients.” As a long-standing commitment of the firm, Merrick is willing to take on clients’ tough problems. While many firms shy away from the financial risks of complex projects, especially in economically challenging times, Merrick continues a significant workload in technically complex and challenging work such as the designing and commissioning of complex laboratories that tackle significant problems such as chronic waste disease, mad cow disease, and SARS. Beyond diversifying into multiple markets, Merrick has diversified its geographic locations to take advantage of and protect the firm from regional economic fluctuations. However, offices are only opened when the resources are there to sustain operations and add value to clients. The San Antonio, Texas; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Mexico City, Mexico offices all began their start-up with new and existing contracts that will provide continued growth for those offices over a considerable timeframe. It’s not just growth for growth’s sake. The business strategy has paid off and, as the economy moves towards improvement, those strategies, put in place today, will help to position the firm for success in the future. Merrick & Company Merrick’s professional services include engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, and geospatial solutions, with services being provided to local, regional, national, and international clients in energy, life sciences research laboratories, infrastructure, water resources, public works, government, and geospatial/mapping markets. The firm maintains offices in Aurora, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Los Alamos, NM; Atlanta and Duluth, GA; Ottawa, Canada; Oak Ridge, TN; San Antonio, TX, and Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico. Short URL: http://pitch.pe/18381 About Merrick & Company Merrick & Company is an employee-owned engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, and geospatial solutions firm serving domestic and international clients. The firm, with eight offices in the U.S. and offices in Canada and Mexico, focuses on the fuels and energy, life sicences, government, nuclear, geospatial technologies, and infrastructure markets. Contacting Merrick & Company Merrick & Company 2450 S. Peoria St. Aurora, CO 80014 303-751-0741 Website: http://www.merrick.com Press Contact Deb Schindler Office: 303-751-0741 Cell: 720-519-3188 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @MerrickCompany Interview Request Deb Schindler Office: 303-751-0741 Cell: 720-519-3188 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org © Copyright 2009 PitchEngine, Inc.