22 jobs created at new engineering site

Published Thursday, 10 July 2014
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A Scottish engineering firm is creating 22 jobs over five years as part of an operation at a new site in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

22 jobs created at new engineering site
The engineering site will create 22 roles. (© Pacemaker)

AGR Automation Ltd, which is headquartered in Arbroath, designs and manufactures high speed automated machinery, mainly for the medical, personal care and industrial electro-mechanical device markets across the globe.

The company has identified opportunities for growth in the area of complex full-scale automation systems for makers of medical devices and personal care products

The roles available initially will be mostly mechanical and electrical technician posts. Mechanical, electrical and industrial software design positions will be recruited later.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered an employment grant of £220,000 for the jobs and £49,971 of support through its Skills Growth Programme.

Derek Gaston, AGR Automation's Managing Director, said: "By God's grace AGR has grown rapidly and its engineering capabilities are highly recognised by Blue Chip clients based in Europe and the United States.

"We undertook a strategic review of our current operations, taking into account future growth projections, and concluded that we needed a second engineering site to increase our capacity to meet demand for our services.

"Having considered a number of locations, we decided that Ballymena offered the best solution in terms of quality, cost and the support available.

"This second site will initially focus on parts machining and subassembly for the main Arbroath site but, in due course will become self-sufficient and contribute to increasing recognition of AGR as a world-class automation supplier."

Commenting on the investment, Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI's Chief Executive, added: "Invest NI has been in talks with AGR Automation over the past 12 months to encourage the company to select Northern Ireland as the location for its second site.

"AGR Automation has impressive service delivery, a solid customer base and an achievable growth strategy. I'm delighted that it has chosen to set up here and will be creating jobs in our engineering sector."

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alan in Enniskillen wrote (162 days ago):
This is great new for another town on the outskirts of Belfast, when are our politicians going to promote the west of the province for more than just tourism. We have a great potential workforce in Fermanagh but no industry. Please Stormont get your finger out and invest some of this money in other areas of the country and I don't mean just a token gesture.
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