Belfast Telegraph

Western Building Systems plans more growth in 2014 following £36.7m turnover

By Claire Weir

A Tyrone construction company has said export and diversification have driven a record turnover of £36.7m for the firm.

Western Building Systems in Coalisland also plans to expand its presence in the residential housing market in 2014 and grow its workforce by 10%.

Western began as a flat roofing company in 1982, set up by Martin McCloskey, before expanding into steel framed garages and modular buildings.

The company built its first modular classroom in 1986 and began producing steel clad portable buildings in 1992 due to demand from contractors seeking offices and portable stores.

In 2013 Western completed 27 new nursery, primary, secondary and special needs school projects and and sports halls throughout the UK and Ireland, in contracts which totalled £24.5m and provided employment for 650 people. It also reported a 42% sales increase in the past year.

Declan McCloskey, operations director for Western, said the company chose to refocus onto a much wider customer base covering a greater geographical area in 2013.

"Although this had its challenges we adjusted to operating in new markets and the decision has definitely benefited us long term putting Western in a comfortable position with teams in place in Dublin, Cork and London to service new areas and sectors," he said.

"The success of 2013 has allowed us to focus on entering into new markets and stabilising our presence in our current markets, including growth in the British education sector and the commercial sectors where we provide various build solutions," Mr McCloskey said.

The company also has a timber frame division and a windows manufacturing facility.

Products are used in many sectors including education, health, the residential housing market and the company exports products as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Australia, through clients involved in the engineering and recycling industries.

Western has also completed a supermarket in Northern Ireland and a psychiatric hospital in Dublin.

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