Manufacturing firm founded on a Bury St Edmunds dining table grows to £12m+ turnover with sites in Rougham, Coventry and Germany

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A specialist manufacturing firm which started out from a dining room table in Bury St Edmunds, has marked its 25th anniversary.

From humble beginings, Marton Geotechnical Services has grown from a two man team, to a workforce of 60 operating out of purpose built facilities in Rougham, Coventry and Germany.

The company, which now boast a turnover of more than £12 million, makes specialist products for the geotechnical, environmental and civil engineering industries, Worldwide.

Martin Clegg, co-founded the company with Tony Osborne out of Tony’s home in West Road, Bury.

“When we set up the company, the aim was simple,” said Mr Clegg.

“We had a couple of good products, a business plan for the bank, and we hoped we could earn enough to pay ourselves a reasonable wage.

“That was the extent of any long term plan. To say we have surpassed our expectations is an understatement.”

The growth of the firm saw it move to rented premises on the Rougham Industrial Estate.

It redeveloped land at Rougham in 1997 to create a 3,000sqm factory.

Five-years later in bought out Coventry based Demco followed by Terraequip in Germany in 2003.

The company now makes some of the leading brands for the industries it supplies, including MGS drilling and landfill products, Demco rail track drainage, Geosense geotechnical instruments, and Geothermal Supplies for ground source heat recovery.

Mr Osborne said: “It’s not always been easy. Along the way there have been difficult decisions and the impact of the recent global economic changes.

“But we have risen to these challenges and today MGS has an enviable customer base and a reputation within the industries we serve, for quality products and exemplary customer service.”

The company celebrated its 25th anniversary with staff at Ravenwood Hall.

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