Swedish firm creates 160 jobs in NI

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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A Swedish engineering company has relocated 160 jobs to Northern Ireland.

Swedish firm creates 160 jobs in NI
The jobs have been relocated from England. (© Getty)

Sandvik is moving its business from Derbyshire in England across to its site in Ballygawley.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the move, which will see the company consolidate its UK manufacturing of mobile screens and crushers to Co Tyrone.

The DUP minister said: "Today's announcement from Sandvik is a tremendous endorsement of the staff and management at the Ballygawley site.

"Not only does it demonstrate the strength of the manufacturing expertise and capability available but it is also a significant and a welcome boost to the local economy."

Sandvik has been established in the UK since 1914 and has around 1,500 workers across 15 different businesses at 13 locations in NI, Scotland, Wales and England.

Ms Foster went on: "The fact that the company has chosen Ballygawley as its sole production site is positive news for Northern Ireland and it will allow us to continue to build on our already strong reputation in this sector."

She added: "The decision obviously impacts those who are currently employed at the Derbyshire facility and I know the company is currently in discussions with those who will be affected to ensure they have access to a wide range of support measures."

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cathy65 in swadlincote wrote (333 days ago):
"in discussions with those affected" crap ... most of the employees will be losing their jobs!!! take care NI you could be next
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