A CO Tyrone machinery company was celebrating yesterday as the 2,000th machine rolled off its production line.
Fintec Crushing and Screening facility in Ballygawley was acquired by the Swedish Sandvik Group in 2007, and is now known as Sandvik Ballygawley.
The milestone marks an improvement in fortunes for Sandvik Ballygawley, after it blamed a fall in orders for the temporary lay-off of 150 workers one year ago.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster attended an event at the facility to mark the milestone yesterday. She said the company had done well in the face of adversity. “We cannot underestimate how much the global economic downturn has impacted on the construction sector and its supply chain.
“Invest NI has worked closely with the company over many years and has supported a number of growth and capability development projects. With the production of their 2,000th machine for a key international customer, Sandvik Ballygawley has demonstrated how a continued focus on innovation and excellence can result in success, despite challenging market conditions.
“This production milestone is a major achievement and the highly skilled staff and management at Ballygawley, as well as those throughout the Sandvik Group, are to be commended for their focus and determination in maintaining the international competitiveness of local operations.”
Liam Henry, operations manager at Sandvik Ballygawley, said: “The production of our 2,000th machine is testament to the talented people we have working at Ballygawley. We pride ourselves on the innovative, high quality nature of the crushing and screening products designed and manufactured at our state of the art facility in Co Tyrone.
“While the market is certainly not as buoyant as it once was, we have maintained sales at a steady level by continuing to actively target sales in key markets and invest in skills and product development.”
Yesterday the Minister also visited SRS Finlay, the Ballygawley manufacturer of mobile block making equipment, where she congratulated management on a recent deal to supply machinery to a customer in Qatar.