UK sportswear manufacturer to create more than 170 jobs  

Sportswear manufacturer O'Neills has announced plans to create more than 170 jobs with expansion of its Strabane manufacturing headquarters.


The sportswear manufacturer is to create more than 170 jobs with expansion of its Strabane manufacturing headquarters – image courtesy of O’Neills.

The company, which employs over 700 people in Ireland is increasing the size of its Strabane manufacturing plant.

The plans include a new storage distribution facility and shop complex approved; a total of 172 new positions are to be created over the next three years at the Strabane business.

As reported, the proposals were unanimously backed by Derry City & Strabane District Councillors sitting on the Planning Committee during a special meeting at the Guildhall.

According to The Derry Journal, a Planning Officer told the Committee that the new development is expected to generate an additional £26.7m in sales over three years, and will also help safeguard 543 current jobs within the existing Strabane facility.

As reported by the media, Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran McGuire said the development would bring massive economic benefit and proposed the Committee endorse the planning officer’s recommendation to approve it.

Founded in 1918, O’Neills is now the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland, with extensive manufacturing plants in Strabane and Dublin. The company also has established sales offices in Dublin, London and Belfast.

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