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Derry-based Fleming Agri Products announces £4m investment to crack new international markets

Pictured at the investment announcement for Fleming Agri-Products are: Des Gartland, Invest NI and George Fleming, chairman of Fleming Agri-Products
Gareth McKeown

A DERRY-based manufacturer is creating 34 new jobs as part of £4 million investment to break into new international markets.

Family-run Fleming Agri Products, a leading manufacturer of agricultural and ground maintenance machinery, plans to have all 34 staff in place within two years, with 15 already in place. The new roles will generate over £700,000 in additional salaries for the local economy.

Chairman of Newbuildings-based Fleming Agri-Products, George Fleming said the latest investment will help the company meet its strategic growth plans and boost sales in external markets.

“Over the past few years, we have developed new products, which have helped to significantly improve our sales performance. With this new investment and the addition of 34 new staff, we hope to break into new markets, including the US and expand our existing sales in Europe," Mr Fleming said.

“Our main goal is to increase sales in external markets and put in place the necessary resources and infrastructure to enable us to service the increased demand for our products. This investment is a major commitment to the north west region and to our existing staff to help us build long-term sustainability and we look forward to welcoming new people on board to help us drive the future of our business.”

Invest NI has offered the company £220,000 of support towards the new roles, which include a mix of production operatives, sales executives and managers.

Invest NI executive director for regional business, Des Garland added:

“Fleming Agri Products is a highly regarded business in the north west area with a strong brand reputation. We have offered Fleming Agri wide ranging support over the last number of years, helping the company improve its performance and strengthen its business.

“The company’s pragmatic approach has proven extremely successful and it is great to see an indigenous company reinvesting in the local area."

Fleming Agri Products has 158 years of manufacturing experience, spanning over five generations of the Fleming family. The company is now one of the leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment with a dealer network that covers the UK and Ireland with demand as far afield as Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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