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Rapid Power Generation to create 15 jobs in Tandragee expansion

Rapid Power Generation director Brendan Taaffe (right) with George McKinney, director of scaling at Invest NI
Rapid Power Generation director Brendan Taaffe (right) with George McKinney, director of scaling at Invest NI Rapid Power Generation director Brendan Taaffe (right) with George McKinney, director of scaling at Invest NI

TANDRAGEE-based electrical engineering company Rapid Power Generation is creating 15 jobs as it strives to meet global demand for its generator sets.

The early-stage SME, a division of materials handling company Rapid International, designs and manufactures diesel and natural gas powered generating sets which power the domestic, agricultural, construction and healthcare markets.

Director Barry Taaffe said: “Our mission is to become the de-facto standard in power generation across the UK, Europe and internationally.

“Since setting up in 2019, we have spent the time building relationships and organising a production process which can be scaled up to meet demand. We also recognise the global demand for sustainable energy and offer our customer’s natural gas fuelled generator sets.

“To expand our sales globally and enter new export markets, we are creating 15 new roles across areas including engineering, design and sales and marketing. With Invest NI’s support, the team will support our expansion plans in the years ahead and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

George McKinney, Invest NI’s director of scaling, added: “Rapid Power Generation has a strong leadership team with many years of experience in the generator market, which is a solid platform to grow its business.

“Since its formation, we have been working closely with Rapid Power Generation and we welcome this investment, which will take the company from just two employees to a team of 17.

“With global interest in its products, now is the right time for it to grow its team to support sales in export markets including France, Italy, the USA and Canada. Importantly, the company’s growth will have a valuable impact regionally.”

Invest NI has offered Rapid advice and guidance on growing its business and financial assistance to grow its team, and the additional jobs will generate £850,000 in salaries.

Ethna McNamee, Invest NI’s western regional manager said: “This investment marks a significant step in Rapid Power Generation’s business journey and it’s an attractive time to be part of its future. It will also enhance the materials handling capability in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.”