Jobs boost at manufacturing company
A manufacturing company in west Belfast has created 100 new jobs through a £40 million investment.
The expansion at Delta Print and Packaging, which is based at Kennedy Way, will see the workforce grow to almost 270.
The company designs and makes printed carton packaging primarily for the retail food, consumer electronics, household goods, dairy, pharmaceutical and food service sectors.
Around 30 of the new posts have already been filled in preparation for the factory extension and installation of new high-tech machinery.
Delta customers include McDonald's, KFC, Greiner Packaging and Nokia, and around 95% of its sales are outside Northern Ireland, notably to France, Benelux, Germany and Scandinavia.
Terry Cross, Delta's chairman and joint managing director, said: "We are making this major investment in response to opportunities to grow sales across a number of existing customer accounts, in particular with McDonald's, as well as acquiring new accounts."
The Executive's business support agency Invest NI has offered £4.6 million to assist the expansion plans.
Stormont's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited the factory to welcome the announcement.
"Today's £40 million investment by Delta Print & Packaging creating 100 new jobs is good news for the local economy and reinforces the company's 30 year commitment to invest and re-invest in Belfast.," said Mr Robinson.
"Delta has developed strong, long-term relationships with a number of blue-chip companies and its consistent high volume production has enabled the company to substantially increase its turnover across Europe and the US."
Mr McGuinness said: "This is a significant boost for our local manufacturing sector and for west Belfast. Delta Print & Packaging generate annual wages and salaries of £8 million a year to the local economy and this announcement is good news for existing and potential employees and other local businesses.
"Delta is a fantastic example of a local company using the skills and work ethic of local people to compete globally. With overseas production operations through joint ventures in India and China Delta could have relocated its entire operation overseas. The decision to invest in the plant and the people at Kennedy Way maintains its long term commitment to west Belfast."
Economy Minister Arlene Foster said: "Delta Print and Packaging is a progressive company that has worked closely with clients to create innovative packaging solutions that meet their specific needs. It has used Invest NI assistance to support ambitious growth plans and today's investment includes a highly important training element."