A total of 130 jobs have been created after a Bangor firm secured a £20 million contract to supply personal protective equipment (PPE).
enroy, which manufactures specialist aerospace components, will supply FFP3 masks to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland from its new facility in Bangor.
Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Health Minister Robin Swann visited the company yesterday and welcomed the investment and new jobs.
It comes after the aviation industry suffered a massive blow this week when a manufacturer of aircraft seating cut 180 jobs in Portadown and Banbridge. Thompson Aero announced the redundancy programme on Tuesday.
Speaking about the job creation in Bangor, Ms Dodds said: “Over the last 50 years, the Denroy Group has become synonymous with innovation through its cutting-edge product development and manufacturing of specialist aerospace components and award-winning hair products.
“Due to Covid-19, there has been an unprecedented global demand for PPE.
“Very early on in the pandemic, Denroy took decisive action and repurposed to manufacture PPE.
“The positive impact of this decision is clearly demonstrated by today’s announcement of new jobs and a contract that will provide PPE to our healthcare workers.”
Denroy’s FFP3 single-use mask was designed by the company’s aerospace engineers and filters 99% of particles from the air, including the small respiratory droplets where coronavirus can be found.
The masks will be used by frontline workers across Northern Ireland, from intensive care staff to community care staff.
Denroy Group chief executive Kevin McNamee said: “We are proud of our staff and of our ingenuity over the last year, and the contribution we made during a time of national crisis.”
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