Belfast Telegraph

Gold achievement for US company

By Lindsay Fergus

A major US company that has invested $760m in the North West has celebrated 50 years in Northern Ireland.

The achievements of the Maydown DuPont plant where materials including neoprene, Lycra, and Kevlar are manufactured were marked yesterday at a golden anniversary event in the Guildhall.

Mayor of Derry, Colum Eastwood said: “DuPont currently employs 180 people in high-value jobs, and over the last 50 years here in Derry, they have employed thousands of people and have contributed greatly to the health of our local economy.

“I know Derry City Council is very proud of DuPont as one of the city’s most important employers.”

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, who attended the celebration, said: “As one of the very first US investors to locate a significant manufacturing operation in Northern Ireland, DuPont remains an important employer and a key technology leader.

“DuPont’s long-term commitment to Northern Ireland sends out a strong message to other potential investors from the US that this is one of the most competitive locations from which to locate and grow an international technology-led business.”

Management, staff past and present, and guests including the US Consul attended the landmark event.

Ian Hudson, president of DuPont, Europe, Middle East, and Africa added that Maydown had played a major role in the DuPont global company.

He said many of the products that have been manufactured at Maydown had gone on to be used in many more ways than originally planned, which is a measure of their success.

Belfast Telegraph