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17/08/2017

Manufacturing Firm To Create 57 New Jobs

A manufacturing firm in Northern Ireland has confirmed it is creating almost 60 new jobs as part of expansion plans.

Woodland, based in Rasharkin, has invested almost £4 million in a marketing suite and confirmed 57 new posts will be created.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Invest Northern Ireland, Alastair Hamilton, said: "Woodland is an established manufacturer in Co Antrim, underpinned by a cycle of new product development and design that continually keeps it ahead of its competition.
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"With the support of Invest NI, the company is boosting its workforce by 57 staff so that it can secure lucrative opportunities in its key target markets of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. The new jobs will generate over £1.1m annually in additional salaries for the local economy and create skilled employment in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area."

Invest NI has offered £471,624 towards the creation of 57 jobs, the upskilling of staff and development of Woodland's Epicor resource planning software. The new jobs, 30 of which are in place, include production operatives and roles in design, sales and IT.

Managing Director of Woodland, Brian McCloskey said: "After a considerable amount of market research, design concepts and inspiration we are delighted to launch our new Product Development and Marketing suite, which coincides with our thirtieth year in business.

"Our growth strategy in recent years has focused on positioning Woodland as a complete design and solutions provider. As a result, we have made encouraging progress in securing contracts to design, manufacture and supply cabinets to major distributors throughout Great Britain."

(CD/LM)

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