Donegal based fruit juice business Mulrines has announced a significant jobs boost for West Tyrone.
Having acquired part of the former Herdman’s mill site, Mulrines has stated that recruitment will begin in the near future, which will result in a significant number of new jobs as the first phase of ambitious plans to expand their capacity by establishing a manufacturing plant in Sion Mills, Tyrone.
Mulrines Chairman, Peter Mulrine has said that Sion Mills was selected for this expansion as it a suitable location for their investment. Key members of the senior management team and many colleagues are from the greater Sion Mills area which further supported this decision. Mr Mulrine has personally thanked Daniel McCrossan for helping to overcome many challenges in the development of the project.
West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan said:
“I have been working in the background for two years with Peter and the team at Mulrines to deliver these jobs and this investment to our local community. In the absence of a proper strategy to address unemployment and strategic investment in West Tyrone, I have been engaging with a number of businesses to sell them on the benefits of basing their operations in our community.
“This is an important day for West Tyrone, for Sion Mills and the wider Strabane area. This commitment to create a significant number of new jobs, with more to follow, will make a real difference in this area and I will continue working with Mulrines as they establish themselves as an important part of our community.
“This announcement will provide a much needed stepping stone for investment and jobs in the Sion Mills area. It will be a massive boost for our local economy and our local businesses. I hope this announcement will show people that West Tyrone is open for business, and we will see similar positive announcements in the near future.”
Mr Mulrine said:
“Mulrines are happy to announce the future recruitment for a wide range of roles. I am pleased we are developing this manufacturing site in Co Tyrone, building on the success of our Ballybofey factory which remains the key facility of our operations.
“Sion Mills and Tyrone is an area of great potential and its skilled workforce was an important factor in our decision to open a new facility.
“I also want to pay tribute to the work of West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan who helped us in our efforts to establish this manufacturing site in the area. Daniel offered his assistance and support at a very early stage and showed his determination to help with the various site issues that arose in order to create the platform which will deliver these jobs for his community. We are very grateful for his vital efforts.”