New appointment to aid expansion goals for East Mids engineering firm

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A South Derbyshire based, civil and structural engineering consultancy continues its growth and vision of further expansion with a new appointment to its team. 

Structural Design Associates (SDA), which is owned by capital investment specialists, Integrated Food Projects (IFP), has increased its engineering expertise with the new addition of Mark Muckle, who will take on the role of general manager at the firm.

Mark brings to the new role more than 20 years of experience, having successfully run his own practice, Artwicar Consulting Engineers in Buffalo City, South Africa for 14 years prior. Here, he took on the roles of senior project manager and engineer, before being made Managing Director. 

Commenting on the new role, Mark said: “I really admire SDA’s client retention rate, it really is a testament to the trust our clients have placed in the company. A big focus within my new role will be to continue development of the current clients, whilst also focussing on growing the wider customer base within the food and drink industry. 

“I am excited to work on several new food and beverage schemes in the New Year. At the moment we are planning ahead for 2019, where I will be offering advice in devising a new marketing strategy, revamping the social media channels and improving the current website.”

Looking forward to the New Year and welcoming Mark to the SDA team, Phillip Chatfield, Managing Director of IFP said: “We are looking forward to making a start on our strategic plans for SDA, which include a vision to expand across the Midlands, double our current operation and pave the way for more talented engineers and consultants. Mark will form an integral part of this plan as we enter the New Year.”

Structural Design Associates was acquired by Integrated Food Projects last year, when it launched a new service engineering division to advise clients of both businesses, specifically those within the food and beverage industry.