(Pictured Left to Right) Stephen Grant, Founder and Managing Director Grant Engineering, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy
One of Ireland’s leading manufacturing companies, Grant Engineering, has announced an investment of €7million as part of a major expansion plan for their facilities in Birr, Co. Offaly, which will also see the creation of 50 new jobs.
By Damian Moran
For almost 40 years Grant Engineering has been at the forefront of cutting edge technology in their product design and has led the way in manufacturing efficient, affordable and innovative heating appliances. This investment is in response to increased demand for the company’s products both on a local and international level.
The expansion will increase the size of the current facility and will include, a state of the art innovation centre, a new extension to the manufacturing facility, a customer services centre and a training school. Building works will commence in the coming months with completion of the investment programme over the next two years.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “It is only by growing jobs and the economy that everything else that we want to do becomes possible – reducing taxes to make work pay, investing in the services that families around the country depend on. That is why the first step in our long term economic plan is to create more and better jobs in every region of the country. Companies like Grant Engineering – innovative companies, making products and services in Ireland for sale in Ireland and export overseas – are driving the jobs recovery in every region of the country, and I am delighted to welcome this very welcome initiative”.
Grant Engineering Founder Stephen Grant said: “Over the past recent years we have continued to grow our business and this investment will allow us to continue to increase capacity and expand into new markets and to develop new products. It also reinforces our commitment to innovation, the local community and the local economy.”
“This is a very exciting time for Grant Engineering as we continue to build on our reputation of supplying reliable, affordable, forward-thinking home heating technologies, which enable our customers to save money and lower their carbon footprints,” added Stephen.
Grant Engineering at peak season between full and part time roles employs over 320 people in Ireland and 70 in the UK. The 50 new jobs will include a range of part time and full time roles ranging from operative roles to highly skilled engineering roles and are being supported by Enterprise Ireland.