Westland announces £8.8m plan


A £8.8 million sterling investment to expand production at the Co Tyrone peat and bark processing company, Westland Horticulture, is to double its workforce to 120 over the next three years.

The chairman of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Mr John McGuckian, said that Westland Horticulture had outgrown its existing premises at Moy Road, Dungannon.

The expansion will enable it to meet growing demand for its range of compost, peat and bark products from garden centres, commercial growers and local authorities throughout Britain and Ireland.

Westland currently employs 60 people processing peat and compost at Dungannon and bark products at Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. The IDB is providing £2 million towards the expansion costs.

Meanwhile, the American-owned engineering group Camco is investing £4.5 million in an expansion of its Monkstown plant near Belfast. The expansion is being part-funded by the IDB.

new investment will allow us to build on the achievements of the past few years and ensure that we continue to improve our share in target markets such as the North Sea, Middle East and Africa," said Mr Derek Corry, Cameo works director.