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Newry firm agrees deal with New York's Grand Central Station

By Margaret Canning

A Newry company is cleaning up in the US with a deal to provide products to New York's iconic Grand Central Station.

FM Environmental will be selling its Grease Guardian products to Grand Central - the latest of around 300 US locations where it has made sales.

The products act as grease traps to prevent fats, oils and grease from clogging up pipes.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell announced the contract at Grand Central Station, marking the end of a week-long trade mission to the US.

"This is an impressive development for a very ambitious Northern Ireland company. FM Environmental identified the US as a target market for its Grease Guardian products and took the strategic decision to open a US office to enable it to capitalise on the emerging business opportunities." And he said the firm's commitment had now paid off. "This is an excellent example of how a growing Northern Ireland company can prosper in a global market with the right focus and investment. I hope this deal will act as a springboard for FM Environmental to generate even more business here in New York, and beyond."

The firm set up its New York headquarters in 2014, and is also doing business with fast food restaurants and coffee houses in the US.

It received £50,000 of support from Invest NI to help its export growth plans.

Des Murphy from Grease Guardian USA said it had been able to tailor its products for markets such as the US and Asia.

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