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'Larger contracts' help engineer SDC to expand Toome workforce

A Toomebridge engineering company is creating 40 new jobs on expectations of "a number of larger contract announcements in the coming months".

SDC Trailers has also secured a £1.3m order from Rezayat Group, a Saudi Arabian company, to export 60 platform trailers for the haulage industry there.

It said the posts will all be based at the Toomebridge plant and will spread across the engineering, operative and management departments.

Chief executive Mark Cuskeran said: "These are exciting times at SDC, where we are seeing the return on all of our hard work over the past few years.

"By making our manufacturing practises more efficient, and lowering our costs across our three plants, we have massively boosted our competitiveness, and we are seeing the benefits of that now."

"This large export contract is our first in the Middle East, and we anticipate more export driven business growth in the coming year," Mr Cuskeran added.

"We're delighted to announce further job creation to boost the local economy, and we expect to be making more similar contract announcements in the coming months."

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The Rezayat group is a group of companies which are headquartered in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

The family-owned group is active in the industries of oil and gas, water, power generation, engineering and transportation,with over 16,000 employees and operations in 13 countries.