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Lisburn steel manufacturer to create 20 new jobs in major expansion

KME Steelworks directors Seamus Murchan and Jason Quinn are pictured with the Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's development committee, Allan Ewart at their Lisburn-based manufacturing site

ONE of the north's leading steel manufacturers has announced a major expansion, which will create new jobs.

Lisburn-based KME Steelworks, who specialise in the manufacturer of steel precast concrete moulds and precision sub-contract fabrication, is extending its existing facility and taking on the new staff as part of ambitious plans for growth over the next three years.

Directors Seamus Murchan and Jason Quinn plan to add the 20 new staff to the company over the next 12 months.

“We are excited to share our vision with the council on how we see the business grow over the next two to three years," Mr Murchan said.

"When we moved to Lisburn almost six years ago we had a total of 13 employees, we now have 72 with plans to add a further 20 during the next 12 months. We are constantly investing in leading edge technology to service our ever-expanding customer base in both sub-contract and precast mould divisions and are now starting the next phase of our expansion plans with an extension to our facility and more employees."

“We have won several large contracts recently, including bespoke form work used for the construction of main support tusks for the £130 million Wear Crossing in Sunderland; the highest bridge to be built in Britain in years. We are moving forward at a fast pace and are happy to work with the Council in ensuring we contribute to the growth of our local economy,” he added.

The plans for growth were revealed to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's Allan Ewart at the first of the ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh' business visits.

Mr Ewart commended the company directors on their impressive development plans.

"Seamus and Jason have achieved so much since relocating the business six years ago from Banbridge and it is encouraging to learn that the central location of Lisburn has played a pivotal role in this success," he said.

"Not only do they see the value in investing in their site and equipment, they also see the value in investing in their employees and this has paid dividends."

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