Proposed Tyrone agri-hub will bring £11m economic boost and 40 jobs

Capper managing director Philip Hill at the company’s base in Tamnamore outside Dungannon. Photo: Darren Kidd/PressEye

TYRONE agri-business company Capper Trading is set to submit formal plans for a £15 million agri-development hub on lands opposite its current site close to the M1 motorway junction at Tamnamore near Dungannon.

As revealed in the Irish News in January, the development comprises 22,000 sq m to facilitate processing of straw and animal feeds, alongside new facilities for research and development and transport logistics.

And if approved, not only will the scheme create 20 construction jobs, but also add 40 permanent staff at Capper, bringing its payroll to 125 and pumping another £11 million into the economy west of the Bann.

Capper, which has been at the heart of the rural community for 50 years, is involved in primary operations intrinsic to Northern Ireland agri-industries, including include fuel sales of coal, oil and wood, the production of animal feed and bedding, in addition to transport haulage and logistics.

It currently supplies transport services to both Moy Park and John Thompson and Sons in Belfast.

Capper's base at Tamnamore is a key factor in the success of the business, providing a strategic location via the highway network.

In the past five years Capper has invested between £3m and £5m in research and development, which includes £1.8m of support from Invest NI.

The proposed hub is aligned with Mid Ulster District Council's plan to develop land that will help deliver 8,500 new jobs by 2025.

Capper managing director Phillip Hill said: “Capper has been the steward of the land of Tamnamore for more than 40 years. We hope to build on the company's great history by developing a promising future for our company and for the local area.

"More than 500 agri-businesses across the UK and Ireland rely on our products every day. In the next five to 10 years our ambition is to grow our transport and logistic capacity year on year, both locally and internationally. This proposal supports the role of Mid-Ulster to perform as a driver for economic growth of the region.”

He added: “We're delighted with how the consultation process has allowed us to create meaningful engagement with the community, where consultation revealed that 83 per cent agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal, and the contribution that it will make to the local area.

"We will continue to engage constructively with neighbouring residents to address any outstanding concerns. We hope to build on this high level of public support and continue this project's progress to ensure both Capper and Tamnamore fulfil their potential.”

Capper is yet to submit its planning application to Mid-Ulster District Council.

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