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Local firm KES confirm Strabane plant intentions

Des Gartland, Invest NI with Conor McCrossan, MD, KES Group.

A DRUMQUIN-based firm has for the first time confirmed its intention to become the second tenant at Strabane Business Park.

KES Group Ltd, which is regarded as one of the leading renewable energy and modular building providers, recently lodged an application to build a new factory on the Melmount Road site. 

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As initially revealed earlier this month, the move could result in up to 70 on-site jobs.

“This is a very exciting time for our company,”  managing director with the KES Group, Conor McCrossan said. “This new manufacturing facility at Strabane Business Park will be where we design, manufacture and develop our innovative products. We look forward to bringing our SmartBuild and Energi divisions under one roof.”

He continued, “We approached Invest NI when it became apparent that our current facilities where no longer suitable due to the increase in demand. 

“Invest NI offered Strabane Business Park as an option, and due to the location and infrastructure available it was in our best interests to invest in this area.

“Invest NI has been a great support and any advice we have received from them has made a great difference. 

“We have been able to expand our team, grow our business and this now gives us the confidence to invest in our new state of the art factory.”

The company has purchased circa 3.5 acres of land on the Invest NI-owned park to accommodate their first phase of development.

This new 40,000 square foot factory is regarded as “a significant investment.” 

Des Gartland, North West Regional Office, Invest NI explained, “Working with companies as a business partner is a key strand to our Business Strategy. Our relationship with KES Group is a real example of this. 

“We have been working closely with KES Group this past few years and have really got to know Conor and his fantastic team.

“It is great to see the company grow, and is the second company to invest in the Park in the last 12 months, we are delighted we have been able to provide the land they needed to make this next growth step.”

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