Investment to create 25 new jobs at window firm Apeer
A Co Antrim window manufacturer is creating 25 new jobs as part of a £1.7m investment.
Ballymena-based Apeer manufactures and supplies a range of PVC doors, panels and glass.
And it's now expanding its workforce to meet demand.
The business has also been offered almost £400,000 from Invest NI towards the new roles.
Asa McGillian, managing director of Apeer, said: "Our phased investment programme is a significant commitment for the business which is designed to help us position ourselves competitively to secure new sales."
The company has just launched its new 'Lumi' window system for the residential housing market.
"Our award winning Lumi window range is a unique new product that will help us leverage substantial new business in the residential housing market.
"Invest NI's support has been vital in enabling us to implement growth measures that mean we can take advantage of the growing demand for construction products expected in the years ahead."
The new jobs will include a variety of roles, such as production and customer services.
"Attending key exhibitions, such as Selfbuild & Improve Your Home, Grand Designs and FIT shows in 2016 will be valuable opportunities to raise our profile among industry leaders in the doors and windows industry and improve awareness of our product range among the general public," he said.
Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell said Apeer is an "ambitious company, undertaking a comprehensive growth strategy to boost its market share across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland".
"The 25 new staff , which will be recruited in the coming months, the majority of which are manufacturing roles, is very positive news for mid and east Antrim and will generate £375,000 annually in additional salaries."