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Concrete action: Bruton announces 41 new jobs for Westmeath

A €3 million investment has also been revealed by local manufacturer Shay Murtagh Precast.

JOBS MINISTER RICHARD Bruton has unveiled 41 new jobs at a Westmeath facility which produces pre-cast concrete products.

Shay Murtagh Precast Ltd has created the positions after a €3 million investment in state-of-the-art technology for the production of concrete tunnel segments – a growth area targeted by the manufacturer for the past number of years.

The 31-year-old company is hoping to expand its already significant export-led growth. Currently, exports account for more than 75 per cent of the company’s total sales.

Bruton said today’s announcement was “great news” for Mullingar and the surrounding region. The firm already employs 75 people.

“A central part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous, export-focused companies. Manufacturing must be a particular focus as we seek to create the jobs we need, and last week we announced the establishment of a manufacturing development forum which will report back within six months on specific measures which we can take to develop this sector,” added the Minister at the launch.

The new jobs are supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland. A primary area of focus for the company in recent years has been the UK road and rail infrastructure market which is valued at £4.5 billion annually.

Read: Exports bounce back in May>

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