Coalisland construction company Western Building Systems, has announced record turnover of £36.7 million and a 42 per cent sales increase in 2013.
It comes after the Coalisland-based firm concentrated on exports. Western services a wide range of sectors including education, health the residential housing market and exports products as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Australia, through clients involved in engineering and recycling industry.
In 2013 Western completed 27 new school buildings throughout Britain and Ireland.
The value of the schools contracts totalled £24.5m and provided employment for 650 people to deliver the buildings, which included nursery, primary and secondary schools; special needs units and sports halls, as well as a supermarket in NI.
Western has also completed a supermarket in Northern Ireland and a psychiatric hospital in Dublin.
Operations director Declan McCloskey said: “Previous to 2013 we focused mainly on the education sector in the Republic of Ireland. “But this year we also made the bold decision to refocus our attention onto a much wider customer base covering a greater geographical area.
“Although, this had its challenges we adjusted to operating in new markets and the decision has definitely benefited us long term, putting Western in a comfortable position with teams in place in Dublin, Cork and London to service new areas and sectors.
“The success of 2013 the business in has allowed us to focus on entering into new markets and stabilising our presence in our current markets, including growth in the GB education sector and the commercial sectors where we provide various build solutions.”
With the Northern Ireland economy starting to show signs of market growth Western plans to expand its presence in the residential housing market in 2014 and grow its workforce by 10 per cent.
Meanwhile, Cookstown-based Key stone Group, the UK’s largest steel lintel maker, says “constant innovation” is the reason for it achieving a hat trick of major industry awards over recent months.
Keystone, Europe’s fastest growing roof window manufacturer, saw its unique Hi-Therm Sustainability Lintel win Best Eco Product at self-build magazine Build It’s 2013 Awards.
The same product - which redefines lintel performance as it is 500 per cent more thermally efficient than normal cavity lintels - also won overall Product of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards 2013 and Best Building Fabric Product at the Housebuilder Product Awards.
Keystone Group’s UK managing director Derrick McFarland said: “Our Hi-Therm Lintel has been the result of an extensive R & D programme.
“Its unique construction offers the single most cost-effective solution for house builders to achieve reduced carbon emissions and improved fabric energy efficiency.”