Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

New jobs as Tyrone steel firm expands

A Co Tyrone firm is creating 15 jobs with a multi-million pound investment in new facilities and equipment.

Cookstown-based Sperrin Tube Supplies purchased a highly automated steel tube mill last year and is now undertaking another £1m expansion.

The firm's plant is the first of its kind in Ireland and has helped provide quicker lead times and enhanced customer services.

Sperrin Tube Supplies currently employs 15 members of staff, five of which have been recruited as part of the expansion plan, including a sales and marketing manager. The remaining 10 positions will be skilled manufacturing and product engineering roles.

Invest NI has offered Sperrin Tube Supplies £248,918 and assistance towards its expansion plan over the next three years, including marketing activities, the construction of an additional workshop, new product testing equipment and a staff recruitment programme.

Damien Convery, owner of the company, said that the expansion will help establish a manufacturing operation with a significant competitive advantage over the existing supply chain, which mostly consists of imports.

"Our products have been well received by customers and encouragingly January was our most successful month of trading to date," he said.

"This growth will be accelerated by Invest NI's support, which is allowing us to improve our capabilities so we can secure new business particularly in the Republic and Great Britain."

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton welcomed the expansion during a visit to the company's premises.

"Sperrin Tube Supplies was established last year to exploit a gap in the steel processing market," he said.

"This investment will ensure the company has the resources in place to secure new export sales. Invest NI's support is helping the company implement its development plans in a timely manner and create important skilled jobs in Cookstown."