More than 40 jobs are to be created in Strabane with an investment of £7.3 million by McColgan’s Quality Foods .
The business which specialises in the manufacture of savoury and sweet pastry products, is to invest in new equipment and a state-of-the-art packing and despatch facility to develop its customer base and prepare for future growth.
Announcing the 43 job on a visit to the firm, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster praised its vision and drive.
“Businesses like McColgan’s which focus on export markets and product innovation will help to drive the industry’s growth. This investment is also good news for Strabane and for the wider economy,” she said.
“This significant investment will deliver increased efficiencies and capacity for McColgan’s, which will enable the company to target larger customers with the aim of increasing export sales by 50 per cent over the next three years.
“McColgan’s is pursuing increased market share through a clear strategic direction founded on product quality, excellent customer service and continuous product development and innovation.
“The food and drink industry is important to the Northern Ireland economy, and innovation and market development remain crucial to its growth.”
Grainne Hampton, Managing Director of McColgan’s, said: “This latest investment will further develop our long term vision for the company’s growth strategy,” adding that cutting edge technology and production processes such as fully automated cook, cool and chill production lines would increase capabilities as well as overall capacity.
“These improvements will bring additional benefits to the final product along with improved production efficiency, which is critical in maintaining a competitive edge for our customers. In addition to this, our new product development team is expanding as we recognise innovation as key to our continued success.
“Our position as one of the leading savoury and sweet pastry manufacturers in the UK and Ireland will be strengthened by this investment.”