VIDEO: Almost 2000 employees part of tycoon’s legacy

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As political and business leaders paid tribute to Lord Ballyedmond yesterday, the legacy of his life was evident in the hundreds of employees seen leaving one of his Newry factories.

The leading business tycoon, who died tragically in a helicopter crash on Thursday night, has created a pharmaceutical business that employees almost 2000 people.

Norbrook Laboratories in Newry

Norbrook Laboratories in Newry

Shortly after 5.30pm yesterday hundreds of people who owe their livelihood and careers to the entrepreneur streamed out of one of Norbrook’s Newry factories.

In a statement today, Norbrook paid tribute to its founder.

“It is with sincere sadness and deep regret that the Company confirms our founding Chairman and CEO, Lord Ballyedmond, was one of four people who tragically lost their lives in an aviation accident at Gillingham, Norfolk at approximately 7.30pm on Thursday 13 March 2014,” the company said.

“Norbrook management and staff also mourn the loss of their friends and colleagues Declan Small (Site Foreman), Captain Carl Dickerson (Pilot) and Captain Lee Hoyle (Pilot).

Lord Ballyedmond pictured in his office at Norbrook Laboratories in Newry

Lord Ballyedmond pictured in his office at Norbrook Laboratories in Newry

“Our thoughts are with the immediate families and friends of the deceased who have requested privacy at this difficult time.”

Norbrook said it takes “enormous pride in our Chairman’s extraordinary legacy in establishing Norbrook as a global veterinary and pharmaceutical industry leader. Management will continue to advance his pioneering vision with a renewed vigour and determination befitting his memory.”