Posted on Thursday 9 July 2015 by Ulster Business

70 new manufacturing jobs to fertilise tyrone economy

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell is pictured with Robert Lavery  of  Westland Horticulture Pic by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The 70 new jobs created by a Tyrone manufacturing company will contribute £2.1m annually to the local economy, according to the Enterprise minister.

Westland Horticulture - a fast growing supplier of garden products which ranks amongst Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies – announced the new jobs as part of a £9.6m investment in a new fertiliser plan in Dungannon.

On an average basis, each of the new roles will command salaries of £30,000, with around 30 already in place.

Jonathan Bell, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, said the move cements the company’s commitment to Northern Ireland and the wider Dungannon area.

“Westland’s investment to develop the capabilities of its workforce will not only support them in their current roles but enhance overall employability for the future,” the minister said. Invest NI offered the company £1.5million of support, including £669,729 through its Skills Growth Programme.

Joint Managing Directors Edward Conroy and Robert Lavery said the expansion will allow them to grow market share in the consumer lawn care market and control its pipeline of new products.

“The new and very sophisticated plant enables us to bring the manufacture of some fertilisers in-house. It will enable us to respond faster to market opportunities in Britain, Ireland and other European markets that we have identified as offering significant growth potential in both short and medium terms.

“We already have a presence in both the German and Polish markets and intend to focus further resources on both and other neighbouring regions.

Formed in 1988, Westland Horticulture currently employs 238 people at Dungannon. The company also has three production plants in Britain, one in Germany and a sales office in Poland.

The 70 new jobs will be created over the next three years, bringing employment at the Dungannon site to 308 by 2016. Approximately 30 of the 70 new jobs are already in place.

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