Cookstown based firm TES has opened a new manufacturing facility as part of a £4.4m investment by the company.
As part of the company’s expansion, TES has recruited 30 new highly skilled staff including electrical engineers, programmers and business development personnel. A further 15 are expected to be in place by 2010 bringing total employment to 90.
The firm, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, specialises in the design, build and installation of water and wastewater treatment facilities and process control systems.
The new 15,000 sq ft building at Kilcronagh Industrial Estate is part of the major investment by TES, which aims to help the company increase new product development and enhance its manufacturing capability. Invest Northern Ireland has offered £345,000 of support.
Noel McCracken, joint managing director, said: “In just over 12 months, we have almost doubled our turnover and further growth is predicted. Now the new manufacturing facility is fully operational, we can move forward with our plans to develop unique products and services, move to in-house testing methods and ramp up sales in export markets.”
Brian Taylor, joint managing director, said: “The new facility is part of the £4.4million investment project which we believe will strengthen our market position and increase competitiveness.
“Working with Invest NI, we have also launched a major training and development initiative which is helping us to further develop key skills, and invest heavily in marketing activities.”
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, who was at the official opening, said: “TES’ clear ethos of innovation and continuous improvement has enabled it to grow sustainably over the past 10 years, moving from an initial focus on basic electrical control panels, to the design, build and installation of complete water and wastewater treatment.
“The investment has led to the construction of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will further enhance product development activities and support continued growth. With employment levels set to double, this is positive news from a locally owned and long established manufacturing company at a time of difficulty for the wider industry.”