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FG Wilson renamed Caterpillar

By Margaret Canning

The name of one of Northern Ireland's best-known manufacturers disappears next week as it adopts the identity of its US parent.

Generator maker FG Wilson will change its name to Caterpillar from January 28, in a move the company said would create a "more visible link" between its operations in Northern Ireland and the rest of the group.

However, the FG Wilson name will be retained on some products.

FG Wilson, which announced around 800 job cuts last year, said the change of company name was also "part of a strategy" to increase business at its Northern Ireland sites. Signs at its sites in Larne, Monkstown, Springvale and Millennium Way in Springvale will change within few weeks.

Robert Kennedy, operations director for Caterpillar in Northern Ireland, said: "This will bring a range of benefits for the Caterpillar operations in Northern Ireland when it comes to recruiting staff, communicating Caterpillar employment opportunities to current employees, dealing efficiently with suppliers and stakeholders, increased Cat and FG Wilson customer visits and effectively communicating the nature of the organisation and its integral role in Caterpillar's electric power division."

He said that as products would still carry the FG WIlson brand, the name "will remain a key part of our history and heritage and indeed our future".

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