Smiles all round as Lisburn firm announces expansion
A Northern Ireland firm which specialises in making conveyor belts has announced a 20% growth in turnover.
And Smiley Monroe, based in Lisburn, revealed plans to open a base in the US to capitalise on the potential for growth in the market.
It's also adding new jobs in Lisburn, bringing its workforce to around 148.
During a visit from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, the firm said turnover had risen from £15.7m in 2016 to £19m during 2017.
According to its results for 2016, the company drew £10.6m of its sales from the UK, £1.37m from the Republic of Ireland, and £3.7m from overseas.
Allan Ewart of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's development committee said the firm had achieved "significant growth, not only in the Northern Ireland market, but further afield in North America and right across the world".
"They are a great example of world-class manufacturing on our doorstep."