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Aerospace firm RLC creating 80 new jobs amid £35m expansion in Northern Ireland

By Jamie Stinson

Published 09/06/2015

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell pictured with Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI, Sarah Holt, RLC and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Thomas Hogg. Pic Kelvin Boyes
Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell pictured with Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI, Sarah Holt, RLC and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Thomas Hogg. Pic Kelvin Boyes

An international aerospace manufacturer will create 80 new engineering jobs in Northern Ireland over the next three years.

RLC, which has had a base in the province since 1959, is expanding its operation after landing new 20-year contracts to supply the industry.

It's investing £35m in its latest expansion.

The airplane engine components manufacturer employs 258 people at the former US Airforce base at Langford Lodge in Crumlin.

The jobs will have an average salary of £34,000 and will be based at the firm's new research and development factory at Global Point in Newtownabbey.

The site, which RLC said will be completed by the end of this year, has been developed by Invest NI who are providing £6.5m in grants.

RLC director Sarah Holt said: “We have recently secured high technology, long-term projects with leading global aerospace companies, which offer significant opportunities for RLC.

“To deliver on these contracts we need to invest in a major R&D project and enhance our manufacturing capability. Having considered our options we have decided that, taking into account the availability of skills and the support from Invest NI, Northern Ireland offers an excellent and cost-effective location from which to service these contracts.”

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