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Tracey Concrete redraw plans for new border manufacturing facility

Tracey Concrete's current manufacturing base just outside Enniskillen. The Co Fermanagh firm is planning a new concrete factory in Belcoo.
Tracey Concrete's current manufacturing base just outside Enniskillen. The Co Fermanagh firm is planning a new concrete factory in Belcoo. Tracey Concrete's current manufacturing base just outside Enniskillen. The Co Fermanagh firm is planning a new concrete factory in Belcoo.

COUNTY Fermanagh-based Tracey Concrete has redrawn its plans for a multimillion pound manufacturing facility on a quarry site close to the Cavan border.

The precast specialist bought Belcoo Quarry from Acheson and Glover in 2018 and has been planning a major investment at the site for a number of years.

The family-owned company previously secured planning approval for a manufacturing facility at the border location.

Tracey Concrete has now redrafted those plans and formally submitted a new application seeking permission to construct a 31,000 sq ft concrete products manufacturing unit and a 3,400 sq ft rebar store.

It’s expected to create around 20 jobs.

It comes just weeks after the Fermanagh firm bought a new business in England.

Tracey Concrete acquired Stanton Precast Drainage in Ilkeston, Derby.

The company described it as a “significant milestone” for the Enniskillen-based firm and a “strategic move” as it looks to continue its expansion into the market in Britain.

The company, which dates back more than 60 years, has grown into one of the largest precast concrete manufacturers in the UK and Ireland.

It employs around 189 people.

Tracey Concrete is also the longest serving inter-county GAA sponsor on the island of Ireland.

The company has been the main sponsor of Fermanagh GAA’s football teams for almost 34 years.

In a report submitted to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Tracey Concrete said the operation at Belcoo Quarry is key to its continued success.

The Fermanagh firm said the facility will be used to manufacture various precast concrete products using steel or timber formwork.

The production process will involve mould filling, demoulding and removal of finished hardened precast concrete products to the stockyard.

The report also said that locating the proposed facility at the Belcoo Quarry site, it further reduces the need for the mineral to be hauled from Belcoo to Tracey Concrete’s existing manufacturing site at Old Rossorry, Sligo Road, Enniskillen.

“The proposed development will not only reduce haulage to the existing manufacturing unit but will also avoid an intensification at the existing manufacturing site in Enniskillen,” states the report.

Industry monitor Construction Information Services Ireland, estimates the build project will represent an investment of around £4.3m.