Foster officially opens new premises for Cookstown company

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today officially opened a new manufacturing facility for TES as part of a £4.4million investment by the company.

The Cookstown based firm, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, specialises in the design, build and installation of water and wastewater treatment facilities and process control systems.

The new 15,000 sq ft building at Kilcronagh Industrial Estate is part of the major investment by TES, which aims to help the company increase new product development and enhance its manufacturing capability. Invest NI has offered £345,000 of support.

As part of the company’s expansion strategy, TES has recruited 30 new highly skilled staff including electrical engineers, programmers and business development personnel and a further 15 are expected to be in place by 2010 bringing total employment to 90.

Arlene Foster said: “TES’ clear ethos of innovation and continuous improvement has enabled it to grow sustainably over the past 10 years, moving from an initial focus on basic electrical control panels, to the design, build and installation of complete water and wastewater treatment plants for the industrial and municipal sectors.

“The £4.4million investment has led to the construction of a state of the art manufacturing facility that will further enhance product development activities and support continued growth in the RoI and GB markets. With employment levels set to double, this is extremely positive news from a locally owned and long established manufacturing company at a time of difficulty for the wider industry.”

Brian Taylor, Joint Managing Director, added: “The company’s 10 year anniversary marks a distinct turning point for TES. The new facility is only part of the £4.4million investment project which we believe will strengthen our market position and increase competitiveness. Working with Invest NI, we have also launched a major training and development initiative which is helping us to further develop key skills, and invest heavily in marketing activities.”

Noel McCracken, Joint Managing Director said: “In just over 12 months, we have almost doubled our turnover and further growth is predicted. Now the new manufacturing facility is fully operational, we can move forward with our plans to develop unique products and services, move to in-house testing methods and ramp up sales in export markets."

Mr McCracken added: "Having reached our 10 year anniversary we remain more focused than ever to continue to develop and expand the business."

Ian Jordan, Head of Business Centres, Ulster Bank, added: "We have worked closely with TES for 10 years to support its development and expansion. We are pleased to have helped enable this latest important investment which will position TES strongly for further competitiveness and growth."