Edge Innovate will be investing nearly £8 million (US$10.7 million) in the business including building a 3,500 sq m (37,500 sq ft) factory and creating 80 new jobs.

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Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton (on left) visited Edge Innovate to hear about the company’s plans

The United Kingdom-based screen manufacturer’s factory will be part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland (NI) and the economic development agency’s chief executive Alastair Hamilton has visited the company to hear about its ambitious growth plans.

He said: “Edge Innovate is a global exporter on a significant growth trajectory.

“We have worked closely with the company for some years now and it is a pleasure to visit to see the results of the company’s commitment.

“This investment by the company is as a result of this ambitious growth and is a significant commitment to its future, its staff and the local area.”

Edge said that around half the new posts have been filled, with the remaining staff to be in place by 2020.

“As part of our growth plans we are investing in our staff with a major leadership and skills development programme across all business areas, including the introduction of a new welding academy,” said Edge Innovate managing director Darragh Cullen.

“At the same time, demand for our products is increasing. This investment ensures we can capitalise on this demand with the additional space, equipment and people needed to achieve our export targets. Invest NI’s support is helping us make this investment more quickly.”

Edge Innovate will be exhibiting at Bauma in Munich, Germany, from April 8 to 14.

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