Surviving the Great Recession

Written by: Rachel Washington and Stuart Korfhage (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Our firm has a rich history filled with both growth and troubling times. Founded in 2006, MDG grew right alongside the County’s rapid growth until 2008 when the market crashed.

Owner and founder, Rob Matthews, sat down with the Jacksonville Business Journal to discuss MDG’s history and how we’ve grown to be the largest engineering firm in St. Johns County.

“Running one of the most successful civil engineering firms in Northeast Florida is not something that Rob Matthews takes for granted.  That’s mostly because he remembers how painfully close he came to failure. 

The co-owner of Matthews Design along with wife Keri, Matthews has turned a small St. Augustine firm into a business with almost 50 employees and nothing but growth on the horizon. 

But with each new contract he wins and each new engineer he hires, Matthews always retains the memory of quickly his business nearly sank during the recession.”


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