Antrim construction firm secures £10million contract with leading UK DIY retailer

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In picture is SAM Mouldings Managing Director Richard Holmes (pictured right) and  Invest NI’s Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton.

SAM Mouldings in Antrim has won a £10 million contract with the UK DIY retailer Wickes as a result of business development support from Invest Northern Ireland.

The contract was announced by the company’s Managing Director Richard Holmes and welcomed by Invest NI’s Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton.

SAM Mouldings, a leading manufacturer of MDF mouldings in the UK, has signed a four year deal to provide a range of products, including primed MDF mouldings, wood veneer mouldings, skirting boards, and architraves, to the DIY retailer. The products will be distributed to over 200 outlets across Great Britain through an established supplier, SCA.

Commenting on the new contract, Alastair Hamilton said: “SAM Mouldings is a progressive and quality conscious business which has focused on measures to mitigate the challenging trading environment that many of our construction related firms are currently facing.

“This company has taken a proactive approach to business development and indeed has taken advantage of range of Invest NI support in recent years to improve its processes, develop new products and generate sales with customers in export markets.

“This valuable contract will support SAM Moulding’s continued growth and also help to safeguard the employment of its workforce as well as create welcome job opportunities in the Antrim area.”

The company plans to create 14 new jobs across its production and sales functions over the next three months to deal with the uplift in business activity. Recruitment is already underway.

SAM Mouldings has recently benefited from growth development support under Invest NI’s Jobs Fund which involved mentoring sessions and workshops to help the company strengthen its management team and identify new sales opportunities. Invest NI has offered SAM Mouldings £21,600 to support the recruitment of two new managerial positions at the company.

Richard Holmes, Managing Director of SAM Mouldings, added: “We are delighted to announce this new business for SAM Mouldings. It is a great win for our team and will support our long term strategy to grow the business through channels such as these.

“The assistance we received from Invest NI, particularly with re-evaluating our sales strategy, was invaluable to us and it has played a major role in helping us to secure this contract. We are now positioned more competitively to identify and take advantage of future business opportunities across Great Britain and Europe.

“The response to our recruitment drive to date has been outstanding and as a very people orientated company we can now look forward to strengthening our team and rising to the challenges ahead.”

This family company which was formed in 1990 currently employs 81 people in its purpose built Antrim factory and exports a broad range of wood based products to Great Britain, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.