Posted on Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Ulster Business

Ulster Carpets Northern Ireland £30 million investment DETI

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Nick Coburn, Managing Director, Ulster Carpets.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today's announcement by Ulster Carpets that it is to begin a £30million modernisation and expansion programme at its Portadown base.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £950,000 of assistance towards the project, which will safeguard around 250 jobs at the site. Work on the seven year programme is due to begin in early May.

Arlene Foster said: "Having been in business for 75 years, Ulster Carpets is a longstanding and highly regarded manufacturer of woven carpets. Undertaking this investment programme to improve its production facilities underpins the company's long term commitment to Portadown.

"During the past 15 years, this family business has transformed into a major export player and continues to excel in a fiercely competitive world market selling its carpets to every continent in the world.

"Having already secured orders with high profile names like Claridges in London and Sofitel Dubai, these planned developments will allow Ulster Carpets to further strengthen its position within the high-end axminster carpet sector."

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