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Maryland Environmental Service (MES) Celebrates 50 Years & Announces Record Financial Performance

MILLERSVILLE, Md. — 2020 marks Maryland Environmental Service's 50th Anniversary and record financial performance for the not-for-profit, independent state agency. MES recently closed out its 2020 fiscal year with record-setting revenue of $178.7 million, an 11% increase over the prior year. This exceeds the previous record of $161 million set in 2017.

The record revenue was driven in part by significant environmental projects underway across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, including dredging and restoration projects at Cox Creek, shoreline restoration projects at Poplar Island, wastewater management services at Freedom District wastewater treatment plant and a first-of-its-kind partnership with Garrett County to run day-to-day operations of the county’s 27 water and wastewater operations.

As a result of this unprecedented financial success, in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, MES awarded its team members with the first tranche of the largest performance incentive compensation distribution in the organization's history. MES teammates, many of whom work in essential jobs, have provided uninterrupted environmental services to the state, counties, cities, towns, and the private sector throughout the ongoing pandemic.

In June, as the fiscal year came to a close, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Charles Glass, Ph.D. as the new head of MES.  “I am incredibly honored to begin my work with the MES team following a year marking record financial and organizational performance led by my predecessor, Roy McGrath, who recently left the organization to take on the role of chief of staff for the State of Maryland,” said Charles Glass.  “The resilience of the MES team during good times and bad makes this landmark anniversary and financial milestone even more notable, as we reflect on what makes MES great, and I look forward to taking it to yet the next level with our team.”

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