Co Tyrone's CDE Global plans to tackle industry skills shortage at new HQ
Co Tyrone engineering firm CDE Global has unveiled its new headquarters in Cookstown along with a plan to help tackle the significant skills shortage in Mid Ulster's manufacturing cluster.
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The company, which makes wet processing equipment for quarries, mines and recycling operations, has built a facility capable of accommodating 400 people.
It follows a 65% expansion of its workforce over the past two years.
CDE Global's turnover rose 16% in 2017 to £61.9m, with pre-tax profits up 26% to £6.4m.
The manufacturer said it has now assembled the world's largest engineering team dedicated to wet processing technologies, and plans to add 150 more staff by 2020.
Last year Mid Ulster District Council presented research that recorded 4,700 vacancies across several industries in the district during 2016/17.
Yesterday the Cookstown company revealed it is preparing to host its first CDE Talent Camp in June this year, with 20 students between the ages of 15 and 17 offered a full week inside the global operation.
Director of talent Claire Colvin said: "CDE Global has very ambitious growth plans and we want to help develop the future engineers and business people who will help us continue the company's international success story.
"CDE Talent Camp will allow us to invest back into the local community and also help create the talent pool that we and the local economy need for the years to come."
CDE said its new headquarters includes the latest technology to maximise the creativity and productivity of its staff.
It said the new space has been designed to support collaboration and team-working in a bid to create new ideas, products and innovation to help drive the firm's growth.
The Tyrone firm's managing director Brendan McGurgan said: "Our new headquarters provides an outstanding base from which to expand and develop our business and our workforce.
"We believe we have created a highly advanced facility that matches CDE's excellence, ambition and reputation."