Ballymoney company Dowds Group - a mechanical, electrical, facilities management and build contractor - has announced that it will create 68 jobs by 2021 to support planned export growth.
The Invest Northern Ireland-backed investment will further strengthen the company’s design and engineering capability, enabling it to target higher value ‘design and build’ contracts, particularly in the Great Britain and ROI markets.
Managerial posts, operatives and engineers
Recruitment has already begun for the new jobs, which will include a number of managerial posts as well as operatives and engineers.
Once in place the jobs will contribute over £2.2 million annually to the local economy. The company is also creating 40 apprenticeship posts.
James Dowds, managing director of Dowds Group, said: “Over the last 40 years our company has earned a reputation for providing high installations in the health, education, commercial, industrial and public sectors.
"We can offer clients a one stop service for build, fit-out, facilities and planned preventative maintenance whilst combining mechanical, electrical and design provisions.
"Our Build service contains experienced engineers who have the technical expertise to understand client’s requirements and deliver engineering and refurbishment solutions that add value and enhance working environments.
“Over the next three years our objectives are to increase turnover by 25 per cent and drive up sales outside Northern Ireland.
"In the current economic climate this £4.5 million investment is not without its risks but with Invest NI’s financial support we feel we are well positioned to pro-actively target larger scale contracts and take advantage of market opportunities in Great Britain and Ireland.”
Dowds Group has offices in Ballymoney, Belfast and London. The company currently employs 181 staff in Northern Ireland and a further 12 in London.
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Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI’s chief executive, said: “This investment is good news for the Northern Ireland construction sector, which has faced some challenges in recent years, and good news for the Ballymoney area.
"Dowds Group is to be congratulated for continuing to seek out new markets and higher value contracts that will help to secure the long-term viability of the company.
“As well as providing financial support for these new jobs, Invest NI worked closely with the company to help it crystallise its vision. Previously we have also provided skills and technology support to Dowds to help it maximise the efficiency of its operations and the capability of its staff.”
Invest NI has offered Dowds Group an employment grant of £442,000 to support the 68 jobs.