Northern Ireland aerospace industry boost with green light for new factory
Northern Ireland's aerospace industry has been given a boost by news the new Environment Minister is to approve plans for an aircraft component manufacturing facility in County Antrim
The 3,000 sq m facility will allow Isle of Man company RLC (UK) Ltd to expand its business here and take on more engineering workers to compliment the 250 it already employs at the Langford Lodge site in Crumlin.
The 58-year-old company provides manufacturing, supply chain management and project management capabilities to many of the major aerospace companies in Europe and North America and turns over around £120m a year with 800 employees in total.
"This approval not only represents potential new jobs but also helps to secure the existing jobs at the site," Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said. "I believe, as my predecessor did, that it is crucial that the planning system delivers decisions swiftly for key industries which provide significant employment in their local areas.
"I not only want to protect the environment, but also do everything I can to create jobs and develop the economy. I am determined to make decisions swiftly with all planning applications under consideration in my department and particularly decisions where job opportunities are at stake."
The Department of the Environment Planning department said Antrim Borough Council raised no objections to the planning approval when it consulted with it on July 25.