17 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Local companies Monaghan Mushrooms, Combilift and Wright Quarry Products have been recognised as InterTradeIreland Business Ambassadors for Monaghan at a special event held with Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Wednesday 1st June in Dublin. Over 80 TDs and Senators were also in attendance at the event which recognised SMEs that have excelled through North-South trade and innovation.
Monaghan based Combilift is a leading manufacturer in the long-load handling market where its products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide. The company was recognised as a Business Ambassador for its customer-led approach to innovation. Through InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme, the company developed a new Combi-CB forklift product and significantly expanded its production premises.
Rockcorry based Wright Quarry Products is involved in the design, supply and installation of precast and readymix concrete products. InterTradeIreland supported the company to take on a sales graduate to help identify and grow new markets in Northern Ireland and increase its sales. It also undertook an innovation project through InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme to implement new design processes and reduce its carbon footprint.
Monaghan Mushrooms which is based in Tyholland, is one of the world’s largest and most progressive fresh mushroom producers supplying mushrooms to leading retailers in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA. The company formed a strategic R&D partnership with McDon Peat Supplies in Dungannon through InterTradeIreland’s Innovative programme. Together they are looking at a way to optimise mushroom casing and compost raw material utilisation.
John Collier, R&D Manager at Monaghan Mushrooms explained: “The support received through InterTradeIreland helped our business massively. It has enabled us to improve the knowledge of the microbial succession in our compost to maximise its effect on mushroom yield. We are expecting at least a 10% increase in export sales as a result of the project. It also supports 2 full time high level researchers in a dynamic R&D dept.
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