85. Howden UK
Production director: David McMinn
Pre-tax profit: £12m
Howden designs, engineers and supplies air and gas handling equipment, including industrial fans, process gas compressors and rotary heat exchangers. Established over 150 years ago, Howden has grown to become a worldwide organisation with nearly 3,800 employees and companies in 17 countries.
Its Belfast site manufactures products that are designed at other UK locations. The company was originally an engineering firm trading as Sirocco Works or Davidsons before becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter International, the parent company of the the Howden Group of companies, which is headquartered in Dublin and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
New Sirocco Works,
Channel Commercial Park,
Tel: 028 9045 7251