Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

84 new jobs in £3.4m expansion

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster welcomed the jobs boost at EDGE Innovate

A design and manufacturing company is to create 84 new jobs as part of a £3.4 million expansion.

Dungannon-based EDGE Innovate makes equipment used in the recycling and quarrying industries and has a distribution network which spans the globe.

The new positions range from skilled shop-floor operatives and design engineers to international sales and marketing roles.

Government business support body Invest NI has offered the company £421,500 to support its capital investment and marketing activities - a grant part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

Darragh Cullen, managing director of EDGE Innovate, said: "We have experienced encouraging sales in our first months of trading and aim to take advantage of the strong demand for our machinery across a range of export markets.

"Invest NI's support will accelerate our capital investment and the availability of the technical skills needed to quickly establish our market position and drive sales."

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster welcomed the jobs boost on a visit to the company.

"EDGE Innovate is a recently-established company with plans to roll out an extensive expansion strategy over the next five years," she said.

"The firm's focus on export marketing and new product development will help to enhance its position within the global marketplace and achieve the sizeable export sales it has forecast over the next six months.

"EDGE Innovate operates within an important industry for Northern Ireland and its investment not only adds to County Tyrone's international standing in the materials handling sector but will provide skilled jobs across a range of positions in this rural area."

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