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KES Group to build manufacturing facility at Strabane Business Park

Thursday, 31 May 2018

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STRABANE Business Park is getting its second tenant, it has been confirmed.
Last month it emerged that the Drumquin-based KES Group had submitted a full application to Derry City and Strabane District Council's planners for a new unit on the vast Melmount Road site to manufacture modular buildings.
Yesterday (Tuesday), the well-established construction and renewable energy company confirmed it is to make a multi-million pound investment on a new purpose-built facility.
It comes just seven months after Dragon Brand Foods was unveiled as the first tenant in the 6m Invest NI-owned park which had lain vacant for four years.
Opened in March 2013, the site was designed to address the shortage of industrial land available across the district and play an important role in supporting economic development in the local area.
Kes Group has purchased circa 3.5 acres of land on the Business Park to accommodate their first phase of development.
'Exciting time'
Speaking yesterday, Conor McCrossan, managing director, KES Group said: "This is a very exciting time for our company.
"This new manufacturing facility at Strabane Business Park will be where we design, manufacture and develop our innovative products. We look forward to bringing our SmartBuild and Energi divisions under one roof.
"Providing a turnkey solution is integral to our business strategy. Each SmartBuild is bespoke in nature and designed to suit individual customer's needs.
"Our Energi division operates a class leading service supplying packaged plantrooms to some of the most prestigious commercial contracts throughout the UK and Ireland."
He continued: "We approached Invest NI when it became apparent that our current facilities where no longer suitable due to the increase in demand.
'Invest'
"Invest NI offered Strabane Business Park as an option, and due to the location and infrastructure available it was in our best interests to invest in this area.
"Invest NI has been a great support and any advice we have received from them has made a great difference. We have been able to expand our team, grow our business and this now gives us the confidence to invest in our new state of the art factory."
Invest NI offered the company 92,850 in 2016 to create 18 new jobs and invest in marketing activity. All of the new roles are in place.
Des Gartland, Invest NI North West regional office manager, said: "This new 40,000 sqft factory is a significant investment by KES Group and will be a fantastic asset to Strabane and the surrounding areas.
"Working with companies as a business partner is a key strand to our business strategy. Our relationship with KES Group is a real example of this. We have been working closely with KES Group this past few years and have really got to know Conor and his fantastic team.
"It is great to see the company grow, and is the second company to invest in the park in the last 12 months, we are delighted we have been able to provide the land they needed to make this next growth step."
SDLP West Tyrone MLA., Daniel McCrossan, has also welcomed the investment adding that he looks forward to seeing further developments for the Business Park.
"I have been meeting and working with KES Group for a number of months and I am pleased to see this project move forward. I will continue to work alongside them and offer any assistance possible. This is an exciting new project and it is fantastic to see continued investment into the Business Park," he said.

 

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