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Marstel-Day opens first office overseas

Marstel-Day, the Fredericksburg-based environmental consulting firm, is opening an office in the United Kingdom.

The new location, in Cambridge, England, is its first foothold into business outside of the U.S. and opens Sept. 1.

President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin said Marstel-Day’s contracts have increasingly taken them to Europe and Asia.

They first worked overseas in 2005, supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense in implementation of the NATO Partnership for Peace program.

This past year has also involved new work for Kunsan Air Base in Korea, Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan, Misawa Air Base in Japan, RAF Mildenhall, Lakenheath and Feltwell and Ely Family Housing, and Ramstein Air Base Germany

“Given follow-on work in Europe and the potential opportunities available in the UK to support conservation strategies and environmental planning, it made sense to us to open a location there and to begin to assemble staff to support our efforts in the UK and Europe,” Rubin said. “…The UK location also allows Marstel-Day to tap into a new wealth of knowledge and experience that already exist in the European environment that in turn will complement the current Marstel-Day ethos.”

The England office is being led by Howard Rudkin, a community and land-use planner who recently retired from the British Civil Service.

The company will be looking to expand over the coming months by offering employment opportunities from graduates to seasoned professionals, eventually looking to employ up to six full time staff in the UK office.

The new office is located at Milton Hall, Ely Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6WZ, UK.