New jobs announced by Strabane company

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Strabane company McColgan’s Quality Foods Ltd has create 43 new jobs as part of a major investment, it has been confirmed.

The move comes as part of a £7.3million injection into the business, with 26 of the vacanices already filled.

McColgan’s, which specialises in the manufacture of savoury and sweet pastry products, will be investing in new equipment and a state-of-the-art packing and despatch facility to retain and develop its customer base and prepare for future growth.

Making the announcement, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “This significant investment will deliver increased efficiencies and capacity for McColgan’s, which will enable the company to target larger customers with the aim of increasing export sales by 50% over the next three years.

“McColgan’s is pursuing increased market share through a clear strategic direction founded on product quality, excellent customer service and continuous product development and innovation.

“The food and drink industry is important to the Northern Ireland economy, and innovation and market development remain crucial to its growth. Businesses like McColgan’s which focus on export markets and product innovation will help to drive the industry’s growth. This investment is also good news for Strabane and for the wider economy.”

Grainne Hampton, Managing Director of McColgan’s, added: “This latest investment will further develop our long term vision for the company’s growth strategy.

“The installation of cutting edge technology and production processes such as fully automated cook, cool and chill production lines will increase our capabilities as well as our capacity.

“These improvements will bring additional benefits to the final product along with improved production efficiency, which is critical in maintaining a competitive edge for our customers. In addition to this, our new product development team is expanding as we recognise innovation as key to our continued success.

“Our position as one of the leading savoury and sweet pastry manufacturers in the UK and Ireland will be strengthened by this investment.”

McColgan’s is a family business which started in the 1940’s and currently employs 230 staff.