Foster announces 84 new jobs for Tyrone

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Darragh Cullen, Managing Director of EDGE Innovate, during a visit to the Dungannon company.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced that Dungannon company EDGE Innovate is undertaking a £3.4million expansion, creating 84 new jobs.

EDGE Innovate is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of a range of equipment used in the recycling, materials handling and quarrying industries. Its innovative machinery is designed for easy global transportation and is sold via a distribution network to customers throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Australia, North & South America and Antarctica.

Invest NI has offered EDGE Innovate £421,500 of support, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, towards capital investment and marketing activities. The 84 new positions range from skilled shop floor operatives to Design Engineers and International Sales and Marketing Personnel.

Announcing the investment during a visit to the company, Arlene Foster said: “EDGE Innovate is a recently established company with plans to roll out an extensive expansion strategy over the next five years.

“The firm’s focus on export marketing and new product development will help to enhance its position within the global marketplace and achieve the sizable export sales it has forecast over the next six months.

“EDGE Innovate operates within an important industry for Northern Ireland and its investment not only adds to County Tyrone’s international standing in the Materials Handling sector but will provide skilled jobs across a range of positions in this rural area.”

Darragh Cullen, Managing Director of EDGE Innovate: “We have experienced encouraging sales in our first months of trading and aim to take advantage of the strong demand for our machinery across a range of export markets.

“Invest NI’s support will accelerate our capital investment and the availability of the technical skills needed to quickly establish our market position and drive sales.”