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Quad-X to create 25 jobs with expansion

By Clare Weir

A Co Antrim-based manufacturer of accessories for agricultural machinery is to expand its operations, creating 25 new jobs.

Owned and managed by Sean Blaney, Quad-X is headquartered at the family farm in Ahoghill and the new staff will be employed across a range of roles including engineering, manufacturing and research, and development and sales.

Mr Blaney designed, developed and launched the first products in the Quad-X range as a manufacturing student at the University of Ulster 20 years ago.

Quad-X has recently built a 57,000 sq ft manufacturing facility which will provide the company with additional production capacity to help meet growing demand for both Quad-X and its Blaney Agri range of tractor machinery.

The family also runs other engineering-based companies, Blaney Gears Precision Engineering and Blaney Fabrication.

With only 5% of the company's business currently taking place in Northern Ireland, the firm said it would continue to invest in research and development to meet growing demand from export markets, in particular from Northern Europe.

Mr Blaney said the new facility had been a work in progress since 2005, and had been built on a peat moss site.

"A lot of work went into building the premises up to ground level before we could even start construction," he said. "I have grown the company to a point where it now offers a range of world-class products and services.

"This investment will allow us develop a centre of excellence in engineering using the best production techniques to manufacture world-class agricultural machines for global markets."

First Trust bank has supported the company's investment.

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