50 new jobs to be created as new £70m Strabane pipe factory is green lit

Plans have been unveiled for a new Fab Plus pipe manufacturing plant in Strabane, which will create 50 jobs and a ‘significant investment’ of £70 million.
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Derry City and Strabane District Council put through plans for the new industrial unit within Invest NI’s Strabane Business Park at a meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday, November 30.

The application detailed plans for the ‘major development’, which includes a manufacturing area, training areas, meeting rooms, staff canteens and parking spaces.

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A Council officer said consultations with governmental bodies, such as the Department for Infrastructure and NI Water, were concluded with no objections, and during a public consultation exercise there were no objections from the public.

An artist's impression of the new plant.An artist's impression of the new plant.
An artist's impression of the new plant.

The officer said Fab Plus, who already has a location at Strabane’s Orchard Road Estate, will provide long term sustainable economic benefit, as it has been in operation for 35 years and exports goods to the UK and Europe.

A Fab Plus spokesperson said the new premises will ‘make a positive contribution to the local economy and deliver much-needed investment into the area’.

Sperrin Independent District Councillor Paul Gallagher said the new plant was ‘long-awaited’, as the Council had been ‘crying for years for this site to get occupied.’

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Sperrin SDLP District Councillor Jason Barr said: ‘This is a great news story, especially for this business park. It has been lying empty now for quite a considerable amount of years, so it’s great that it’ll be utilised for the benefit of Strabane and create 50 local jobs.’

Andrew Balfour,

Local Democracy Reporter