Ministers welcome launch of new assembly line at FG Wilson

Nov 19, 2010

First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the launch of a new assembly line at FG Wilson’s Larne plant.



FG Wilson designs and manufactures diesel and gas generator sets and has been a major global player in the sector for over 40 years. The company today launched a new 47,000 sq ft assembly line which represents a £5million investment at the Larne plant.

Visiting the company’s factory at the launch of the new assembly line, Mr Robinson said: “FG Wilson is a company with a global reputation for quality products, efficient work processes and strong international sales. Its journey through the difficult business environment of the last few years is a testament to the strength and resilience of our manufacturing sector.

“This investment is good news for our manufacturing sector and for the local economy. With more than 3000 people located in three sites across Northern Ireland, FG Wilson is a major employer that has established itself as a global leader in engineering. This substantial investment in cutting-edge production equipment will help it to safeguard the business and underpin future growth.”

The First Minister was joined at the official launch by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Gerard Vittecoq, Group President of the Caterpillar Group, FG Wilson’s parent company.

Arlene Foster said: “FG Wilson’s investment in this new line will help it to achieve efficiencies that will enhance its competitiveness in the global marketplace. It is a sign of the company’s continuing commitment to its Larne plant, which has brought so many benefits to the Larne area and the Northern Ireland economy, over the last 40 years.”



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