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Engineering firms to invest £11m in three new manufacturing facilities in Co Tyrone

The main Terex site in Omagh. The US-owned manufacturing is planning a major expansion across the road from the main site
Ryan McAleer

THREE engineering firms are set to invest £11 million in major new manufacturing facilities in Co Tyrone.

Terex has revealed its plans to build a new £4m factory in Omagh, while Edge Innovate has submitted a planning application for a £4m workshop in Edendork, near Dungannon.

Meanwhile, CDE Global has secured planning permission for a £2.8m 41,000 sq ft research and development facility in Cookstown.

All three firms specialise in the design and manufacture of materials handling machinery for quarry, mining and recycling sectors.

US-owned Terex, which employs around 1,800 people in the north, most of them in Omagh and Dungannon, has notified officials in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council of its intention to build a new factory on a six acre site next to the A5 in Omagh.

Located across the road from the engineering firm’s existing plant in the north-west of Omagh, the greenfield site lies right beside the busy Derry Road roundabout, which links the Great Northern Road bypass in Omagh to the A5 Beltany Road.

Terex said the new facility will bolster its existing sites in Derry, Lurgan, Ballymoney and Co Tyrone.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the US group said: “Omagh, and Northern Ireland as a whole, has become a prime location for Terex due to its talent pool possessing the capabilities to manufacture high volumes of our best-in-class products and also key infrastructure that facilitates smooth exporting of equipment to the Republic of Ireland, the UK and beyond.”

Lee Hannigan, senior planner at consultancy firm Turley said: “We are pleased to be involved in bringing forward these proposals to expand Terex’s presence in Omagh.

“We will shortly begin engaging with the local community and statutory agencies to capture much-welcomed feedback on these plans before the planning application is submitting to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.”

Details of the factory plans are due to go on display in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh on February 5.

Meanwhile, Edendork firm Edge Innovate has submitted a planning application for a new £4m facility to Mid Ulster District Council.

It follows the company’s announcement in February 2019 of plans to build a 37,500 sq ft factory and create 80 new jobs at its base on Farlough Road.

The expansion has been backed by Invest NI to the tune of £0.96m

In Cookstown, CDE Global is to expand on the new headquarters it opened last February.

The company, which specialises in wet processing equipment for sand, aggregates and mining, has been given the go-ahead by Mid Ulster District Council to build a new £2.8m research and development facility at the Kilcronagh Business Park in the town.

Last year CDE said it would seek to create another 150 jobs by 2020 to support its growth.

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