£2.5m investment and 15 new jobs for Ardboe

AN Ardboe firm is investing £2.5m and creating at least 15 new jobs, it has been revealed.

Ardboe Coldstore is investing the funding in additional cold storage and blast freezing capacity.

The development project is already under way and, when completed at the end of July, should create at least 15 new jobs.

“The new facility will give us an additional five-and-a-half thousand tonnes of storage capacity,” said Ardboe Coldstore managing director Eugene Carson.

“This will add to the twelve thousand tonnes’ provision already on site. We can also provide up to five thousand tonnes of ambient storage capacity on our existing site.

“The current development programme also provides for a new and additional blast freezing system plus a state-of-the-art packing facility. Also included is an IT controlled traceability system. This investment, which is being funded entirely from our own resources, will allow us to increase the range of services on-offer to clients.”

He said the development of the new cold store will create, at least, 15 new jobs, bringing the total number of people working at Ardboe to 45.

The company, which was established in 2004 by Eugene Carson, provides a range of freezing, maturation, distribution and storage services to a large cross section of Ireland’s blue chip food manufacturing operations.

“We are at the very heart of the Irish food industry,” Eugene further explained.

“There are a number of leading processing operations on our doorstep in the mid-Ulster area.

“The company provides a range of freezing, maturation, distribution and storage services to a large cross-section of Ireland’s blue chip food manufacturing operations.”

“Without the freezing and associated temperature controlled facilities, which we offer, many local food companies could not operate. Our proximity to both motorways in Northern Ireland means that we can be easily accessed from any part of the island.”

Eugene Carson, who has a strong food technology background, firmly believes that the food sector in Northern Ireland can look forward to a viable and profitable future. And, given these circumstances, he is also firmly of the view that the food manufacturing services sector will play an important and progressive role in making this happen.

“These are exciting times for the local food industry. At Ardboe Coldstore we are investing in state of the art facilities which will allow customers not just to store product but also to add value in a meaningful way,” Eugene said.

“We are fully accredited by the EU, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Rural Payments’ Agency and, most crucially, the British Retail Consortium. Our sole aim is to provide the services our clients need to run their businesses in the most efficient way possible,” he said.