John Huddleston Engineering (JHE) based in Greyabbey has embarked upon a major £6.7 million investment programme with the help of Invest Northern Ireland.
Set up in 1964 JHE are a supplier of high precision-machined parts to the aerospace, defence and oil and industries servicing leading companies like Airbus, BAE Systems, Bombardier Shorts, GKN Aerospace and Hughes Christensen.
This new investment is the largest in the company’s history and will allow JHE to strengthen its position as a supplier of aircraft components to the global aerospace sector.
Welcoming the investment Kevin McCann, Director of Transport, Construction and Tourism with Invest Northern Ireland said:
“This project represents an historic moment in the continued development of JHE as it seeks to expand its exporting capability. I am confident that by focusing on differentiating itself, in terms of machining capability and supply chain management, the company will ensure its continued profitable growth.”
With the introduction of new high speed machines JHE will be able to handle larger and more complex contracts, allowing the company to remain at the forefront of innovative product development within the aerospace sector.
It is also anticipated that the project will create an additional 46 new highly skilled engineering jobs, raising the total workforce at the Greyabbey site to 99 employees.
Commenting on the investment project Robert Huddleston, Managing Director of JHE said:
“The aerospace industry is now recovering strongly from the depths of 9/11 and is entering a period of sustained growth. This investment will enable us to globally market JHE to new clients through the provision of high quality products that our customers need, for the raft of newly designed aircraft emerging from the business sector.”