Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland manufacturers create almost 300 new jobs

By John Mulgrew

A collection of Northern Ireland manufacturers say they have created almost 300 new jobs as part of an overall £22m investment.

The 30 firms, which have been supported by Invest NI, are from a broad range of sectors, from food to chemicals, pharmaceutical to transport equipment.

They include food firm Linwoods in Armagh, Marcon in Antrim, The Boatyard Distillery in Co Fermanagh and Donite Plastics in Saintfield, Co Down.

Together, the firms say they have created 282 jobs.

Stephen Kelly, chief executive of Manufacturing NI, said:

“Manufacturing plays a huge role in the Northern Ireland economy generating annual sales approaching £20bn, directly employing 80,000 people, supporting production and employment in a wider supply chain and creating jobs and strong communities in every constituency across Northern Ireland.

“SMEs make up 98% of all businesses here in Northern Ireland and are at the very heart of what we do in our manufacturing base. Week in, week out, companies like this continue to work very hard to keep moving forward, to build and grow our business economy and build communities.

“It is encouraging to see the progress and developments being made by firms across all disciplines. Invest NI is offering valuable support to enable these businesses to create highly skilled, well paid jobs and drive innovation and growth in export markets.”

Invest NI’s chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: “With £1.9m of support from Invest NI they are making a combined investment of over £22m in our economy.

“As well as stimulating economic growth there are also new job opportunities, with 282 new jobs being created, which will generate over £6.3m annually in additional salaries for the local economy.”

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