A local manufacturing company has revealed innovative plans to expand, creating in the region of 100 jobs in the Coleraine area.
On Monday, June 25, East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley and DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster MLA met with Adrian Dixon of Main Surface Finishing in Coleraine.
MLA Bradley has already had several meetings with the firm’s management as they seek to expand. The company have looked at sites including a number outside the Causeway Coast and Glens area, but are keen to remain in the Coleraine area, at a site close to their current Wattstown base.
Currently the business spread over three sites, Coleraine, Garvagh and Dunloy.
Speaking after Monday’s meeting, MLA Bradley said: “I was delighted to be able to introduce Arlene to Eugene and Adrian of Maine Surface Finishing.
“This is a local firm who have big plans to expand.
“Having met with Adrian a few months ago and having been so impressed with their plans, I felt it was important to show my party leader what kind of inventive businesses we have here in the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
“The ideas that Maine Surface Finishing have are innovative and any opportunity to bring jobs to this area must be welcomed.
Commenting further, Director of Maine Surface Finishing, Adrian Dixon added: “We were delighted to welcome Arlene Foster and Maurice Bradley to its facility in Coleraine to discuss our plans for expansion.
“Maine has been trading for over 20 years in the North Antrim area offering a range of sub-contract services in fabrication, protective coatings and assembly to many of Northern Ireland’s leading OEM’s and are planning to embark upon a £2,000,000.00 expansion that will help create a further 40 jobs in the local economy.
“Maine are also finalising arrangements with its joint venture partner, Moyola Precision Engineering to establish a new company offering a range of Chemical Treatments and supporting services to the aerospace sector.
“It is hoped that this facility can also be located in the Coleraine area and could create up to 50 additional jobs over the next 5 years.
“Maine see diversification and flexibility as the key components of its strategy for dealing with Brexit. Like other businesses they have some concerns at the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit and this is impacting on future business planning.”