Kane Engineering doubles workforce in Newtownards

Damien Kane, business development director with family firm Kane Engineering, with Invest NI director of electronics Grainne McVeigh at the announcement of 28 new jobs at the Newtownards business
Damien Kane, business development director with family firm Kane Engineering, with Invest NI director of electronics Grainne McVeigh at the announcement of 28 new jobs at the Newtownards business

Newtownards-based Kane Engineering is to create 28 new jobs as part of plans to drive sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

The company plans to double its workforce over the next two years with support from Invest NI, recruiting additional production operators, engineers, electricians as well as a number of management roles.

Kane Engineering designs and manufactures a wide range of bespoke low voltage switchgear distribution panels used in large residential, commercial and industrial buildings for the control, switching and distribution of electrical power supplies.

Business development director Damien Kane said demand for the company’s products is driven primarily by construction activities.

“With the UK’s construction sector returning to growth, we are forecasting that there’ll be an increasing volume of work available to us moving forward,” he said.

“Working in partnership with Invest NI has benefited us enormously, in particular with developing a longer term strategic view of the business and implementing new processes to help us identify and grow our customer base.

“We want to position ourselves to take advantage of these opportunities and support from Invest NI is enabling us to quickly ramp up our manufacturing capabilities to cope with more orders.”

Invest NI has offered the firm an employment grant of £156,800 to support the 28 new jobs.

“Kane Engineering has invested tremendous time and effort working with an Invest NI lean advisor to refine its processes which has resulted in sales growth and increased profitability,” said Grainne McVeigh, Invest NI director of electronics.

“With increasing opportunities across the UK’s construction market on the horizon, boosting the company’s workforce will help reinforce Kane Engineering’s competitive position to attract new customers.

“With an average salary of £18,200 the 28 new jobs to be created will offer valuable employment opportunities for skilled workers in Newtownards and the wider County Down area.”