NI firm shows its met­tle

KME steel­works has se­cured £338k from In­vest ni in the drive for 50 new jobs

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TINE CAR­RI­GAN

A Lis­burn-based en­gi­neer­ing firm has started a sig­nif­i­cant re­cruit­ment drive for nearly 50 jobs as global de­mand for prod­ucts and ser­vices grows.

KME Steel­works se­cured £338,000 from In­vest NI to sup­port the re­cruit­ment of 47 jobs — with the ma­jor­ity of roles be­ing in en­gi­neer­ing.

A third of the new jobs are al­ready in place, with the rest ex­pected to be fully re­cruited within the next two years.

KME is a provider of sub-con­tract ser­vices to a wide range of equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers.

It is also recog­nised as a main sup­plier of steel moulds for use in the pre-cast con­crete in­dus­try with ap­pli­ca­tions rang­ing from road traf­fic bar­ri­ers to arch bridge sec­tions.

The firm an­nounced a 22% growth rate in 2017, which brought the com­pany’s an­nual turnover to al­most £5m that year. The fig­ures con­tinue a trend show­ing 23% growth year on year since 2012 for the busi­ness.

KME also re­cently spent £2.5m on a re­lo­ca­tion of its head­quar­ters to a new 55,000 sq ft fa­cil­ity at The Green in Lam­beg.

Com­pany di­rec­tors, Ja­son Quinn and Sea­mus Mur­chan, said they are pleased with the growth KME has achieved over the past five years. Ja­son Quinn said: “Grow­ing our work­force with sup­port from In­vest North­ern Ire­land is cen­tral to our busi­ness strat­egy and we are de­lighted with the cal­i­bre of new re­cruits who have joined us so far.”

Sea­mus Mur­chan added: “We aim to fur­ther in­crease pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and the range of ser­vices of­fered to our cus­tomers over the next three years. Our new 55,000 sq ft fa­cil­ity houses state-of-the art ma­te­rial pro­cess­ing equip­ment which en­ables us to main­tain our com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in our tar­get mar­kets.”

KME’S prod­ucts tar­get the ma­te­ri­als han­dling, con­struc­tion, quar­ry­ing and ag­gre­gates, re­cy­cling and agri­cul­ture mar­kets. The sub-con­tract ser­vices are sup­plied to multi­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing busi­nesses in North­ern Ire­land and the Re­pub­lic and are then ex­ported across the world, while pre-cast moulds prod­ucts are sup­plied di­rect to cus­tomers in the UK and ex­port mar­kets.

Bill Mont­gomery, di­rec­tor of ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing, In­vest NI said: “KME Steel­works is part of an im­por­tant clus­ter of en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for the ma­te­ri­als han­dling and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“The busi­ness has achieved sus­tained lev­els of growth in re­cent years and we are pleased to be help­ing KME im­ple­ment its cur­rent ex­pan­sion plans. In­vest­ing in up­graded ma­chine tech­nolo­gies and cre­at­ing 47 new jobs demon­strates KME’S am­bi­tion to con­tinue build­ing its cus­tomer base and rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence across its key mar­kets.”

DAR­REN KIDD

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