20th Nov 2012
Ambitious family kitchen firm creates 23 new jobs
A NORTH Antrim kitchen manufacturer is creating 23 news jobs with the aim of doubling its turnover in three years.
Rasharkin-based company Woodland Kitchens is investing almost three-quarters of a million pounds in its 65,000sqft facility, with InvestNI coming in with £130,000.
The company designs and manufactures a range of cabinets for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sector and is looking to develop its export market.
Alistair Hamilton, Invest NI chief executive, said: “This significant investment by Woodland Kitchens will enable it to ramp up its marketing activity to increase sales in its target markets of Great Britain, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.
“Its ambitious growth plan includes creating 23 new jobs and increasing export sales of its innovative new branded kitchen range. It demonstrates that a quality product coupled with a focus on exporting can deliver business success even in difficult economic conditions.”
Woodland Kitchens is a family owned business that currently employs 41 people. It received its first order from the Netherlands earlier this year and has also secured sales in Saudi Arabia.
Brian McCloskey, managing director of the company, said: “The very positive response we have had to the recent launch of our new ‘Livin’ range prompted us to develop this expansion plan. Having had support from Invest NI to bring the Livin range to market, we approached it again for support to build our capacity to meet the anticipated growth in sales.
“The support we have received has helped us to begin recruitment quickly and undertake targeted marketing activity in key markets.”
Invest Northern Ireland works with individuals, companies and organisations in manufacturing and tradable services which show the ambition and commitment to grow by being more innovative, more entrepreneurial and more internationally focused.
Invest NI’s resources are focused on assisting clients to improve competitiveness, increase innovation, promote a stronger international focus and create more positive attitudes to enterprise.