Expansion plans to bring new jobs to Philadelphia Navy Yard Headquarters
London, November 5, 2013 — Three years after welcoming international energy efficiency service provider, Mark Group, to Philadelphia, Mayor Michael A. Nutter today announced the company’s aggressive plans for growth in the US, including the piloting of a new groundbreaking energy efficiency program and expansion at the company’s Philadelphia Navy Yard headquarters. The company’s growth includes adding more than 30 new jobs over the next 18 months, representing a 20% growth in its workforce.
“The success of Mark Group, a British company, underlines the importance to Philadelphia of building international relationships and promoting ourselves globally as a city in which to start and grow a business,” said Mayor Nutter. “Mark Group is a success story that has brought investment and jobs to Philadelphia, and they are making a difference by improving the energy efficiency of homes and reducing energy costs for Philadelphia homeowners. As Philadelphia establishes itself as a leader in energy efficiency, my full expectation is that more international companies will follow Mark Group’s lead and establish a presence in Philadelphia.”
Mark Group is a partner in Mayor Nutter’s trade mission to the United Kingdom and sponsored a roundtable discussion in London that brought together leading energy efficiency and built environment executives to share best practices and hear how Philadelphia is positioning itself as a natural hub for energy efficiency companies and research organizations. At the session, Mark Group executives talked about plans to open new offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and Virginia over the next 18 months.
“Mark Group is excited to share its plans to open an additional 10 branches in Pennsylvania and other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States,” said Jeff Bartos, Mark Group’s CEO. “Our success in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland shows that customers are interested in making their homes more comfortable and energy efficient and that homeowners are excited to work with a company that provides one-stop shopping for all their efficiency needs.”
Mark Group provides energy efficiency assessments to property owners and installs insulation, air sealing measures, HVAC upgrades and replacement windows. The company plans to add energy efficient lighting and home controls to its customer offering. Mark Group also announced the launch of Comfort PaysSM, a pioneering energy efficiency home improvement program that provides homeowners with increased comfort from day one with a guarantee of no impact on the household budget and the convenience of one consolidated bill. This residential energy saving contract represents a leap forward in the industry, and Mark Group is proud to administer and launch the program in Philadelphia.
Mayor Nutter welcomed the launch of a new program during the energy efficiency session in London.
“It is apt that I am able to talk about Mark Group’s plans for growth in the US while standing on British soil, as just a hundred miles north of here in Leicester is where the business was founded almost 40 years ago,” said Mayor Nutter. “Mark Group has been improving the energy efficiency of British homes for four decades and we can learn from this. We need to educate our residents on the need for energy efficiency in their homes. Philadelphia is the national leader for energy efficiency research and development, and we are thrilled that Comfort PaysSM is launching in Philadelphia and that the company is continuing its incredible growth in our city.”
Mark Group opened its Philadelphia Navy Yard headquarters in October 2010 with seven employees. The company has since grown to be the largest energy efficiency company in the Greater Philadelphia region and is the leading contractor for Philadelphia Gas Works to deliver energy efficiency services to Philadelphia residents. Since January 1, 2011, the Company has helped more than 3,000 homeowners in the region save energy, save money and live more comfortably. Mark Group currently employs 155 people.
“The Navy Yard is a national hub for energy efficiency research and commercialization which has attracted many high-growth companies like the Mark Group,” said John Grady, President of PIDC. “As a dynamic business campus committed to smart energy innovation and offering creative spaces that can accommodate expansion, The Navy Yard is the ideal location for Mark Group. We were thrilled to have been selected as the site of their US headquarters in 2010 and are proud to be a platform for their continued growth.”
Danny Lopez, British Consul General to New York and Pennsylvania said, “With Philadelphia as a base, the Mark Group has grown exponentially since 2010. The Mark Group is a fine representative of the UK’s forward-thinking energy efficiency policy framework. I am delighted to see its rapid growth and its creation of hundreds of new jobs as the need for efficiency measures become part of global mainstream energy policy.”
Mayor Nutter is joined on his trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel by Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Alan Greenberger, who said, “Mark Group is a case study in how the City of Philadelphia works with partners such as Select Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to promote our city, attract new businesses, and grow jobs for our residents. Our goal with this trade mission is to persuade other international companies who are looking to locate in North America, to locate in Philadelphia because of the many assets we possess and the network into which they can plug.”
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About Mark Group
Founded in 1974, Mark Group is a leading provider of energy efficiency services for the residential, commercial and utility sectors. Its fully-integrated offering includes energy efficiency analysis and installation of upgrades, to deliver a consistently high service level to its customers. Mark Group employs 2,500 and operates from 30 offices worldwide including the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The company directly employs and trains its workforce from its North American headquarters at The Navy Yard Clean Energy Campus in Philadelphia. www.markgroup.com.
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