Up to 30 jobs are expected to come to Drumshanbo following a number of developments in The Food Hub.
Three new companies have set up business in the facility including Carrig Brewing Co; Bo Peep Preserves and PJ Rigney Distillery and International Brands Ltd. A fourth business, McNiffes Bakery, has transferred operations to The Food Hub as part of their latest expansion.
It is estimated that up to 30 jobs will be brought to the town as a result of the new tenants in The Food Hub.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Noel McPartland, Director of Drumshanbo Community Council Ltd, founder of The Food Hub and its PRO, stated how humbled he is at seeing a project, conceived over a decade ago, now arriving at practically full occupancy.
He thanked the Community Council for taking the idea on board and seeing it through a few difficult years since the recession and also paid tribute to Orla Casey of Momentum Consulting “who did all our funding applications which enabled us to access €1.7m from multiple agencies in order to bring the project to fruition”.
“I welcome the arrival of our new companies and wish them every success but I cannot forget those companies who have been with us through our formative years, Lough Allen Foods (now Chef in a Box); Surf Seeds; Red Robin Foods; and The Cheese Hub. Also our Community Training Kitchen which is in constant use thanks to Leitrim Development Company and its Directors who have been very supportive down through the years.”
Local Fine Gael Councillor and Chairperson of the Food Hub, Enda McGloin has also welcomed the news, noting “The decision of the new companies to set up in the Food Hub now means that nearly all of the available space is allocated and that the centre will reach its full potential by the end of 2015.
He commended the work of the Drumshanbo Community Council and the Directors and praised The Food Hub Manager, Fergal McPartland for his hard work in assisting clients and encouraging them to invest in Drumshanbo. “The calibre of business people both from inside the County and outside, investing in the Food Hub is encouraging and I have no doubt they will succeed with the support of local and national employment support agencies. Personally I wish to thank Donal Fox and Brian Smith from LDC for their long term support of the Food Hub,” he said.
Cllr Francis Gilmartin also congratulated “everyone concerned with the Food Hub and wished all the businesses the very best of success.”
For details on the new companies, see our special feature on page 19.