22/06/2006

Combilift To Create 100 New Jobs

Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheal Martin officially opened the new 10 million euro headquarters of Irish company Combilift in Monaghan town, which will create 100 new jobs over the next three years bringing total staff numbers to 250.

A high proportion of the new jobs will be high-skilled requiring technical and engineering qualifications.

Combilift manufactures the world’s first engine-powered, all wheel drive, multi-directional forklift.

The company was set up in Clontibret, Co Monaghan in 1998 by entrepreneurs Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett. In just eight years the company has grown to become the global market leader in the long-load handling market. The company has developed a unique and innovative, space-saving forklift for materials handling, which solves the issue of needing a number of forklifts to handle long and awkward loads.

Minister Martin said: “This official opening of Combilift’s new facility is tremendous news for Monaghan, Ireland and particularly the BMW region. The international successes of Combilift, and other Irish entrepreneurial companies, is a foundation stone of Ireland’s remarkable economic performance over the last 10 years.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combilift, said: “his new facility in Monaghan will help us to strengthen our position in global markets by developing our product range, and significantly expanding our ability to produce up to one unit per hour. We maintain a very close link between research and development and marketing so the two functions are always connected. This means everything we do is driven by our customers’ needs and we’re always first to market with what we’re offering.”

(CD)

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