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Pictured L to R:  are John McAree, Projects Manager;  Heather Humphries, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Vincent McAree, Operations Manager, McAree Engineer at the announcement of the V-Mac Silo expansion. 

V-Mac Silos €5M Expansion Creates 30 Extra Jobs in North Monaghan

McAree Engineering Ltd, a third Generation Family business based in Ballinode, Co. Monaghan, today announced a €5M expansion and the creation of 30 jobs over the next two years.  As well as being one of the country’s largest sheet metal fabrication businesses, they also design and manufacture the V-Mac range of bulk storage silos for animal feeds.

This major investment will provide for a purpose built 3,700m2 (40,000 square feet) factory unit with 8,000 m2 yard space, adjacent to their current facility which will double their capacity to manufacture their V-Mac range of bulk storage silos.  This facility will be operational by October 2018.

McAree Engineering are one of the largest manufacturers of bulk storage silos in Ireland and Britain and service the Agri, Bio-mass and Waste Water Treatment sectors.

Eamon McMeel, V-Mac Technical Sales Manager says “demand for our V-Mac silos is at an all-time high and this purpose built factory will allow us to increase our productivity and reduce lead times to the growing number of customers we have in Britain and Ireland”.

Additional investment on a 12m x 2.5m Trumpf Laser, which will be commissioned by mid July this year, will also significantly increase McAree Engineering metal processing capacity to approx. 230 tons per week.

It is expected that this investment will lead to the creation of at least 30 jobs over the next two years with opportunities for Mechanical Design Engineers, Sheet Metal Fabricators and Operations staff. The recruitment programme for these staff has already started.

Speaking at the North East Lean Network Open day held today at their Ballinode Factory, Managing Director, Brendan McAree said “We are delighted to make this announcement today in the presence our local Minister Heather Humphries, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. This is the largest investment McAree Engineering have ever made and is in response to the growing demand from our customers in Britain and Ireland. 

We intend to continue to be leaders in the sectors that we operate in and this expansion is testament to the wonderful team in McAree Engineering who have worked so hard to get us to this position”.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said “I am absolutely delighted to congratulate McAree Engineering on this wonderful announcement for Monaghan and the region. The investment is a huge achievement and a testament to the ambition the company has shown over the years. They are a shining light for indigenous Irish businesses in rural Ireland through their success and dedication. As Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and local TD for Monaghan, I wish them every success for the future.”

 “We are extremely grateful to our business partners including Enterprise Ireland and the Bank of Ireland who are supporting us in this expansion” stated Financial Controller Claire Doogan

Editor’s Note

McAree Engineering was established in 1946 by Vincent McAree, just outside the picturesque village of Ballinode in North Monaghan.  His son, Brendan McAree is the current Managing Director and three of his children are working closely with him in the business: Vincent, a qualified engineer is the Operations Director; Claire, an accountant is the Financial Controller and John is the Factory Manager. Nuala, Brendan’s wife is the company secretary.

The business   employs 120 people across two factories in North Monaghan whose focus is on the design and manufacture of sheet metal fabrication solutions for the industrial and agricultural sectors. They offer a  full outsource sheet metal service from design through to laser cutting, folding , fabrication, dry powder paint coating and assembly.

The business operates across three lines of business:

  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • In addition, they design and manufacture the V-Mac range of bulk storage silos servicing the agricultural, bio-mass and waste water industry in Britain and Ireland.
  • They also have a Projects division, operating out of their Carrickroe factory which focuses on specialist project based design, fabrication and manufacturing & coatings service for the industrial sector

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