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A new £3m industrial estate in Co Tyrone is to be given the green light after winning the approval of Mid Ulster planning officials.  (stock photo)

A new £3m industrial estate in Co Tyrone is to be given the green light after winning the approval of Mid Ulster planning officials. (stock photo)

A new £3m industrial estate in Co Tyrone is to be given the green light after winning the approval of Mid Ulster planning officials. (stock photo)

A new £3m industrial estate in Co Tyrone is to be given the green light after winning the approval of Mid Ulster planning officials.

Dungannon engineering firm Maximus Crushing and Screening launched its bid in 2016 to transform part of the former Tyrone Brick factory in Dungannon into a modern industrial hub.

Two major applications linked to the project have now been approved by planners. Both are expected to be signed off when the Mid Ulster District Council's planning committee meets tomorrow.

Tyrone Brick ceased operating on the Dungannon site in 2009 after almost 120 years of producing its distinctive red-clay product. Set up in 2004, Maximus manufactures crushing and screening equipment. The firm later bought the former factory site and invested £4m in a new facility. In December 2017, it employed 113 people.

The latest company accounts for the Co Tyrone engineering firm confirm that Austrian-based Rubble Master HMH GmbH acquired a majority stake in Maximus on March 12, 2018.

Speaking about the takeover earlier this year, the Austrian company's chief executive Gerald Hanisch said both entities would continue to exist and complement each other.

"The Maximus employees in Northern Ireland, the manufacturing locations and the Maximus sales and service network will all remain as they are," he said.

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The latest company accounts released by Maximus showed it increased its turnover by 42% to £14.3m in the year to December 31, 2017. However, the cost of sales also rocketed by 57% to £13.8m over the same period. Coupled with rising administrative costs, the result was a pre-tax loss of £2.7m for 2017.

But the report added that the new owners have since "invested significantly from the date of investment", adding that the Austrians are "committed to the company's long-term future".

Approval for the new Brickworks Business Park has also paved the way for the engineering firm to extend its factory on the Dungannon site, adding new production and office space.

Alongside the new industrial and commercial units, the plan includes a new road linking Coalisland Road to Carland Road.

The new road will necessitate the removal of buildings which planning officials have described as having "an industrial heritage interest".

However, they said the structures are not listed, nor are they classed as historic monuments, concluding: "Overall the proposal will have benefits for Dungannon that outweigh the loss of buildings and increased impact on amenity of dwellings."


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