Cookstown Precision Engineering Firm Carves its Niche with Invest NI Support

Mar 05, 2013

Picture by Harrison Photography

Pictured (L-R) during a visit to the company's premises is Alastair Hamilton with Damien Convery, owner of Sperrin Tube Supplies.

Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton has announced an expansion by Cookstown based Sperrin Tube Supplies, creating 15 new jobs.

The company made a multi-million pound investment in a highly automated steel tube mill last year and is now undertaking a £1million expansion to secure a competitive edge in the industry. Sperrin Tube Supplies’ plant is the first of its kind in Ireland and has enabled the company to offer its customers across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland a more competitive offering with quicker lead times and enhanced customer services.

Alastair Hamilton welcomed the expansion during a visit to the company’s premises. He said: “Sperrin Tube Supplies was established last year to exploit a gap in the steel processing market. This investment will ensure the company has the resources in place to secure new export sales. Invest NI’s support is helping the company implement its development plans in a timely manner and create important skilled jobs in Cookstown.”

Invest NI has offered the company assistance towards its expansion plan over the next three years. This includes marketing activities, the construction of an additional workshop, new product testing equipment and a staff recruitment programme. Invest NI’s support is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Sperrin Tube Supplies currently employs 15 members of staff, five of which have been recruited as part of the expansion plan, including a Sales and Marketing Manager. The remaining 10 positions will be skilled manufacturing and product engineering roles.

Damien Convery, owner of Sperrin Tube Supplies, said: “This expansion will help us establish a manufacturing operation with a significant competitive advantage over the existing chain of supply, which mostly comprises of imports.

“Our products have been well received by customers and encouragingly January was our most successful month of trading to date. This growth will be accelerated by Invest NI’s support, which is allowing us to improve our capabilities so that we can secure new business particularly in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.”

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