New jobs on way as Portadown firm expands

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Portadown company Dawson Manufacturing & Engineering Ltd is creating six new jobs as part of a £600,000 investment supported by Ulster Bank.

The Charlestown Road firm is growing its premises by 40 per cent, investing in new machinery and employing six new people with the help of almost £600,000 from the bank.

The company employs more than 30 people and is one of Northern Ireland’s leading manufacturers of bespoke stainless steel products. Founded eight years ago by brothers Colin and Ian Dawson, the business moved to its current 14,000 square foot facility in 2009, and has experienced steady growth since.

Colin Dawson says that its latest investment will increase the size of its premises to over 20,000 sq ft and enhance service to clients. “Working closely with Ulster Bank, we have put in place plans to facilitate the ongoing growth of the company. The enlarged premises and workforce will enable us to increase our client-base and to bring laser-cutting in-house, therefore allowing us to further improve efficiency and to reduce lead-times.”

Girvan Gault, head of Lisburn & Newry Business Centre at Ulster Bank, said, “Ulster Bank has worked closely with Dawson Manufacturing & Engineering for a number of years, supporting the initial investment in its Charlestown Industrial Estate premises. We are very pleased to assist with this latest investment which will position the company strongly for the future.”