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Pictured (centre) is Stephen Donnelly, Managing Director of SCL Exhausts with Brian McAuley, Dungannon Enterprise Centre and Mary Gormley, Invest NI.
Dungannon based company SCL Exhausts has secured its first ever business supplying large generator exhausts systems to the Far East following a range of assistance from Invest Northern Ireland.
The company manufactures quality exhaust systems for the industrial, off-road and commercial sectors. It has received a range of support from Invest NI including help with its growth plans and identifying new markets, and has secured this business in the Far East following a visit set up by the agency.
To date, Invest NI has offered the business over £100,000 to support its export sales and marketing activities, recruitment and improvements to its IT systems. Seven new jobs, including a new production and office manager, have already been created and there are plans to recruit a further seven staff over the next 12 months.
Stephen Donnelly, Managing Director of SCL Exhausts said: “We have experienced a steady increase in sales since our establishment two years ago and recently relocated to a 7,500 sq. ft workshop on the Killyman Road to facilitate our growing order book. Winning this deal in the Far East marks a significant breakthrough for us.
“The support offered by Invest NI and the Dungannon Enterprise Centre has been a significant component to this growth, particularly the valuable advice and information we received on managing and recruiting staff and exploring business leads in new export markets. A lot of our success has been down to the drive and hard work of our staff and the investments we are making to enhance our workforce will help us build up a stronger customer base in our target markets.”
Mary Gormley, Invest NI’s Western Regional Manager, said: “SCL Exhausts is an ambitious and proactive young company with a growing customer base in markets outside Northern Ireland. The company has utilised a range of Invest NI support in recent years to facilitate its growth plans and taken advantage of the free advice and information available to help point businesses in the right direction.
“The firm’s plan to double its workforce within the next year is also very welcome news for Dungannon and for the wider area. Invest NI is committed to stimulating business growth within the region and I would encourage more businesses, like SCL Exhausts, to explore how we could help make their ambitions a reality.”
Brian MacAuley, Chief Executive of Dungannon Enterprise Centre added: “This is an excellent example of a local firm identifying a new export market opportunity and pursuing it to a positive conclusion. In a short space of time, SCL Exhausts has grown out of the business park and has expanded as a result of dogged determination and clear leadership.”