Donegal engineering firm to create 41 new jobs in Strabane with £2m investment

  • A Donegal-based manufacturing firm announced it will create 41 new engineering jobs in Strabane, after purchasing over three acres of land in Strabane Business Park to build a proposed 30,000 sq. ft. factory.

    Houston Precision Engineering (HPE) focuses primarily on metal fabrication and precision machining services, to regional, national and international customers.

    Invest Northern Ireland, which owns Strabane Business Park, has offered the company £410k of support towards the 41 jobs, which are expected to contribute £1m in additional annual salaries to the local economy.

    Kevin Holland, Invest NI's CEO said: “Northern Ireland has a long and proud history of manufacturing and engineering brilliance which forms the cornerstone of our economy.

    "This investment by HPE will significantly contribute to this already vibrant and sophisticated advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. The increased capacity it creates will enable HPE to grow and thrive in international markets.

    “The announcement of a new investor is great news for the Derry City & Strabane District Council area and demonstrates HPE’s confidence in Northern Ireland, in the talent here and in local infrastructure," he added.

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    Only one site is now remaining on Strabane Business Park and further expressions of interest are currently being explored bringing it close to capacity in the near future.

    Martin Houston, Owner of HPE said that most of the new job roles will be Production Operatives.

    "Our investment will also include a zinc plating processing line, which will offer a significant opportunity to offer this process from the North West as many engineering businesses currently have to transport their products to Belfast or Dublin to avail of this service," he continued.

    “We have developed a strong reputation across the UK and RoI operating in the aggregates and quarry sectors, data centres, oil industry and waste recycling sector.

    "Our growth plans are ambitious and with a strong manufacturing facility already established in Letterkenny and ambitious plans for Strabane, our strategy is to treble our sales by 2025. To do this we will significantly increase our manufacturing outputs to meet the growing demand for our products at home, across the UK and beyond.

    “We are delighted to be expanding and are very much looking forward to growing a strong and competitive business in the Strabane area.”

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