Belfast Telegraph

Emergency vehicle manufacturer hoping to create 20 new jobs

By Symon Ross

A Lisburn emergency vehicle manufacturer is to expand the size of its operation after receiving orders potentially worth £15m from the UK.

Browns Coachworks, which has a complex on the town's Moira Road, said it currently has orders from Sellafield Nuclear Power Station, Merseyside Fire, and Bedfordshire & Luton Fire & Rescue Service.

Managing director of the company Brian Brown said: "We have a very healthy order book of potentially £15m, which should take the company through until 2012. With many contracts that are still to be awarded, I am very confident that more orders will come our way.

"Browns has the potential to more than double its output on the Moira Road, and will hope to employ up to 20 more people over the next 12 to 18 months. These will consist of auto electricians, coachbuilders, fabricators, and clerical assistants. In these tough times I am very pleased to bring some hope of employment to the Lisburn area."

Browns has designed and built vehicles for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, including the state-of-the-art Command Support Units which are now used in all major incidents.

It also supplies fire vehicles and rescue boats vehicles to the Irish market and now derives 70% of its turnover from outside Northern Ireland.