Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland firm SJC Hutchinson Engineering creating 80 new jobs

Northern Ireland firm SJC Hutchinson Engineering is creating 80 new jobs as it aims to double turnover in the next three years.

The family-run Kilrea, Co Londonderry business has already added half of the new posts, with the rest to follow next year.

It received £500,000 from Invest NI towards the latest expansion. And earlier this year, the firm invested more than £3m into expanding its business, along with two new cutting lasers.

That investment includes a much larger manufacturing site - spanning 60,000 sq ft.

Opening the company’s new site managing director Mark Hutchinson said the investment was “another building block” in the firm’s growth.

“This new capital investment of over £3.2m is another building block in the company’s growth, and with over 40 years experience working with clients who demand quality and precision engineered components, it was imperative that we undertook this expansion.

“This will help to underpin our competitive position in this sector and achieve the aim of substantially increasing sales to global customers over the next three years.”

The family business was founded in 1971 and now employs around 85 people, specialising in laser cutting, folding, fabrication, kitting and design services for a wide range of sectors, from aerospace to agriculture.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell added: “Hutchinson is an ambitious and long established family business which has experienced steady growth in recent years. This latest investment in leading edge technology will significantly enhance the firm’s engineering capabilities and enable it to secure new business in its target markets. 

“The engineering sector accounts for a large proportion of manufactured exports from Northern Ireland. Hutchinson’s investment sends a clear signal to the advanced engineering sector across Great Britain and internationally that Northern Ireland has the skills and expertise to be a market leader.

“The 80 new jobs, to be recruited over the next three years, will generate £1.85million annually in additional salaries and create valuable manufacturing employment opportunities in the Causeway Coast and Glens and surrounding council areas.

“Invest Northern Ireland has worked closely with Hutchinson over many years and its support is ensuring that the business has the necessary management team, structure, systems and skills in place to achieve its growth potential.” 

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