Quinn Industrial Holdings Ltd (QIHL) has announced that the company has created 74 new jobs since QIHL took control last December. The jobs have been created across the company at a range of levels since QIHL acquired the Construction Industry Supply (CIS) and Packaging businesses of the former Quinn Group in December 2014.
Managing Director Liam McCaffrey said he was delighted to announce the good news, and added that he expects to announce more positive news on employment and investment in the coming months: “It’s been a positive time overall since we acquired control of QIHL back in December of last year, and a major effort has been made to refocus the business towards a rapid return to profitability and growth.
“We have a very experienced team in the business now and have been very fortunate to have had the benefit of Sean Quinn’s experience. We’ve made significant investment in staff and will be commencing a rolling plant and equipment reinvestment programme in the coming months. We were delighted at the turn out we recently had as we launched our graduate programme which I think demonstrates the importance of this business to the local economy.”
The CIS business has its roots in what was the original business of the Quinn Group which was founded by Sean Quinn in 1973. The businesses manufacturing facilities are located in Fermanagh and Cavan with a distribution facility in Rochester, Kent which handles bulk cement export to the UK. Quinn Packaging is one the of the largest and most diverse food packaging manufacturing operations in Ireland or the UK.
QIHL re-launched its Graduate and Apprenticeship schemes in July as the company continues to re-establish itself as a major economic driver in the Fermanagh area providing highly-skilled employment in a broad range of fields. Over 150 young people attended the Graduate and Apprentice Open Night with eight graduate and seven apprenticeship positions on offer. The majority of these positions have now been filled. The company has always had a tradition of bringing young people through the ranks and given its growth since being re-established in 2014, management felt that the time was right to re-introduce what has been a successful programme in the past.
Additionally the company is also in the process of significantly enhancing its in-house Building Information Modelling (BIM) capability which will be deployed in support of its building and construction product range across the UK and Ireland. Compatibility of construction products with BIM is fast becoming a prerequisite for inclusion in public and private sector projects and is as a hugely important skill set in order to maintain competitiveness in the construction sector. Quinn Building Products believes that investment in a strong team in this area will have long-term sustainable benefits for the business.