Minister announces inward investment for Lurgan

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Pictured with Arlene Foster is Mark Bleakney, Manager Invest NI Southern Regional Office, Philip Murdock, General Manager MITIE Northern Ireland, Martyn Freeman, Director MITIE Group PLC, and Craigavon Mayor Stephen Moutray.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced a multi million pound investment in Lurgan by UK company, MITIE Security Ltd which will create 37 new jobs.

The Minister made the announcement during a visit to the company’s new operation in Silverwood Industrial Park, Lurgan, where it has set up a state of the art technology centre called MiTec. Invest Northern Ireland has offered support of £259,000.

MITIE’s security business is part of the MITIE Group which employs over 56,000 people and provides facilities, property and asset management services. Its clients include Rolls-Royce, UBS and Marks & Spencer.

Speaking during the visit the Minister said: “MITIE is a major player in the UK security sector and has chosen to set up this facility in Lurgan because of the technical expertise available in the workforce, our excellent infrastructure and the support offered by Invest Northern Ireland.

“The jobs being created offer salaries above the private sector average and represent a real boost to the local economy.”

MiTec, which will be the only full function communications hub within the industry, will provide a one-stop-shop for remote control security and support services.

Bob Forsyth, Managing Director, Security, said: “MITIE is seeking to strengthen its total security management offering and meet the future needs of our clients by investing in risk based products and specialist services. Our new MiTec centre will not only use the latest technology to deliver cutting edge solutions to support and enhance our core offering, but will also enable our business to support MITIE in its growth aspirations outside of the UK market.

“We chose Northern Ireland because it offers a commercially attractive, cost competitive location for the company.”