Belfast Telegraph

Expansion brings 17 jobs for Newry engineering firm

By John Mulgrew

A Newry engineering company is creating 17 new jobs as part of a £2.3m expansion scheme.

Resonate Testing - part of the Nacelle Group of firms - has launched its new testing and certification facility in the city.

The business specialises in commercial fire and vibration testing for international engineering and manufacturing firms across a range of sectors, including aerospace.

The new investment will create 17 new posts, the company indicated.

Michael Thompson, general manager of the Nacelle Group, said the "new investment marks an important move to diversify the Nacelle Group into new sectors".

"Through the careful selection of technology, we have the unique capability on the island of Ireland to integrate environmental and vibration tests to replicate operational conditions - an increasing requirement within the aerospace sector," Mr Thompson added.

"We have worked closely with Invest NI to position ourselves to target supply chain opportunities among our international customer base.

"We are pleased with our progress and hope to achieve our export sales targets in the coming months."

Speaking at the launch, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "This is an exciting new business venture by a local group with global ambition and aspirations.

"This testing facility will complement the design and product development activities of Resonate's parent company, the Nacelle Group.

"The 17 new advanced engineering jobs being created in Newry will generate £389,000 in annual salaries.

"(They will also) provide a welcome boost to the manufacturing industry in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area."

Invest NI has offered Resonate Testing £230,000 towards the new investment.

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