21/02/2020

Minister Confirms 155 New Jobs For Coleraine

Some 155 jobs are to be created in Coleraine as local manufacturer Maine Surface Finishing launches a £9.5 million expansion, the Economy Minister has announced.

The highly skilled roles to be filled include engineers, fabricators and welders and are "extremely positive news" for Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry, Diane Dodds said.

The company provides powder coating, wet paint spraying and in-house fabrication across its four factories in Coleraine, Dunloy, Garvagh and Magherafelt.

A number of administrative roles will also be recruited for at Maine Surface Finishing's premises in Wattstown Business Park, Coleraine.

A total of forty roles are already in place with a further 115 staff members to be taken on in the next two years.

Minister Dodds said: "This significant investment by Maine Surface Finishing marks an exciting development in the company's 20 year history and is extremely positive news for Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry. In total, the new jobs will contribute almost £3.8 million in annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy.
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"The investment is testament to Maine Surface Finishing's commitment to the Coleraine area. It will also strengthen the company's position as an important player within Northern Ireland's materials handling sector, providing key supply chain services to some of our leading exporters."

Adding to their history of cooperation, Invest NI's offer of £1.5m for Maine Surface Finishing will help the firm create the jobs and purchase new equipment.

Adrian Dixon, company Director, said: "We are delighted to be expanding our operations in Coleraine and working with Invest NI to support 155 jobs for the local economy. Our investment will include the purchasing of state of the art equipment, the development of two new units in Wattstown Business Park and the introduction of a new ICT system so we can effectively manage projected growth.

"Whilst we already have a strong position supplying many of Northern Ireland's original equipment manufacturers, this investment will enable us to improve our efficiency, ramp up production and pursue identified opportunities in GB and ROI."

Invest NI CEO Kevin Holland also welcomed the deal.

"We are pleased to be supporting Maine Surface Finishing to create over 150 jobs in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area," Mr Holland said.

"The company's strategic focus on innovation is allowing it to make its largest investment to date, expand its customer base and significantly increase its turnover."



(JG/MH)

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