21 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A project expected to bring 400 new jobs to Co Monaghan got underway on Monday last when forklift manufacturer Combilift formally turned the sod at the site of its new €40 million factory facility at Tullyherim just off the N2 by-pass near Monaghan Town.

Managing Director Martin McVicar and Technical Director Robert Moffett joined with Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD, Tom Kelly – head of Enterprise Ireland’s Manufacturing and Competitiveness Division – and Monaghan Co Council Chief Executive Eugene Cummins for the ceremonial activity, as the company’s directors and 350 existing staff members looked on.

The new development will be on a larger scale to that initially announced by Combilift in February, with the investment forecast to bring 200 jobs during the construction phase, and a further 200 new positions at the company itself over the first three-five years of productivity, mainly for skilled technicians and design engineers.

“Combilift is delighted to break ground on our new facility,” Martin McVicar stated on Monday. “It shows our commitment to manufacturing in Monaghan, as well as to the regional economy.”

Pointing out that there was sufficient industrial-zoned land available at the Tullyherim site for future expansion, Mr McVicar said that Combilift was “committed to continuing its organic growth in Monaghan for many years to come.”

Minister Humphreys described Monday’s occasion as a great and historic day for the county.

“For far too long we have looked on enviously as major jobs announcements were made in other counties,” the Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD stated, describing the Combilift project as a massive boost for Co Monaghan.

The Minister linked the prevailing “good news” vibe with the recent announcement of a new technical apprenticeship programme for Combilift to be delivered through the Monaghan Institute at the Monaghan Education Campus at Knockaconny, close to the company’s new 46,000 square metre greenfield development.

“This programme will ensure that young people from the local area will receive the necessary training to ensure they have the right skill-set for these new positions,” Deputy Humphreys stated.

“It is precisely the type of jointed-up, forward thinking that has made Combilift the success story that it is today.”

The first intake of students for the Assembly Technician Traineeship is expected to take place at the Monaghan Institute on September 21, with Combilift acting as workplace partner.

An apprenticeship for Original Equipment Manufacture or OEM Technicians is due to start next year.


Combilift’s commitment to local economic stimulus is exemplified by the appointment of Castleblayney company Meegan Builders to lead the initial phase of the new facility’s development. Levelling work is currently underway at the site and will take around ten weeks, preparatory to the commencement of a major building programme expected to last for 18 months.

The project will involve the provision of a new industrial unit and a three-storey office block, as well as hard-standing areas and a car-park. The eleven acres of the development will be housed under one roof.

Research and development will be a key focus …


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