IN another sign of manufacturer success for Northern Ireland, 16 jobs are to be created in a £1m expansion and link-up between a Co Antrim textiles firm and global countrywear brand Barbour.
Francis Dinsmore Ltd in Kells is investing the money in a new facility to apply wax coatings to materials.
The company has been providing a textile dyeing and finishing service for more than 200 years, in recent years branching out into flame retardant, water repellent, anti-bacterial and now wax coatings.
The firm has received a substantial order from Barbour for wax-coated fabric to be produced at the new production unit in 2014.
The 16 new jobs will bring total employment at the company to 54 and will include production and textile operatives, customer service executives, a factory team leader and other positions.
Barry Corrigan, managing director and owner of Francis Dinsmore, said that securing the business will act as a springboard to market new products to the world.
Invest Northern Ireland offered Francis Dinsmore £248,877 towards the company's total investment of £1,130,000.