Belfast Telegraph

Tangent celebrates export success

By Heather McGarrigle

A Co Armagh firm has secured export sales in Latvia, Great Britain and Canada.

Joe McCool, owner of Benburb company Tangent Engineering, invested over £298,000 to set up his business, which specialises in the restoration and repair of Gardner Engines, an early 20th century brand of diesel engine.

Invest NI offered £16,800 to help the firm compete in export markets. The assistance was targeted towards training, production resources and an extensive marketing strategy.

Three full-time and two part-time staff have been hired to manage the new projects.

Mark Bleakney, manager of Invest NI's southern regional office, said: "This is a significant investment for the local area by Joe McCool, who is a highly skilled individual with commendable entrepreneurial spirit.

"Tangent Engineering's achievements in export markets to date have been remarkable. By continuing to focus on the development of production resources, training and marketing, this niche business could achieve even greater levels of growth in new markets."

Mr McCool said: "With over 30 years' maritime experience and knowledge of the market, I recognised there were significant export opportunities for Gardner products, to justify creating a full-time business.

"Invest NI's support and assistance has been a key factor in helping to develop the resources, facilities and capability of Tangent Engineering. I'm delighted we're already exporting to countries such as Canada and Latvia and with further sales opportunities identified in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, I am confident we can achieve significant growth in the future."