At Jones, we recognise the growing awareness around the demand for responsible business behaviour with issues relating to sustainability, ethics and respect for all of our stakeholders. We are extremely passionate about culture, diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and recognise the impacts that they have on both their environment and the society in which they operate.
We are delighted to announce that we have created 50 new jobs at our new manufacturing and research plant in Carlow and will grow employment to 150 in the next 18 months. The jobs have been created in engineering, design, procurement, logistics, fabrication and transportation. The 83,000 sq ft Carlow facility manufactures prefabricated and modular units for export to countries across Europe and represents an investment of some €7 million.
Jim Curley, Chief Executive, announced details of the new investment saying; “Jones Engineering is one of Ireland’s oldest companies. We have survived and grown over the past 129 years by continuously investing in the development of new services that meet market demand. Today our operations extend from Ireland to mainland Europe and the Middle East.
“The modular building industry is replacing traditional construction particularly in large scale developments. In a sector that is often accused of being inefficient and lacking in innovation, this is an innovative solution to achieving more sustainable construction. We design and manufacture on site in Carlow and then ship completed modular or prefabricated units to the construction site. We are currently exporting to mainland Europe and we expect the market to continue to grow. We now employ 50 people in Carlow and we expect these numbers to go to 150 over the next 18 months”.
We are Ireland’s largest services firm in the Irish domestic market and have a large presence in the Middle East with offices in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Our Mainland European office is located in Utrecht. We also have offices in Dublin, Cork and London. Nearly 50% of our revenues are generated overseas and our main area of activity is in large scale infrastructure projects.
This current year has seen us secure a number of significant projects and we anticipate that turnover for the current year will be in the region of €650 million. This growth has allowed us to employ an additional 400 people across our group operations and we continue to reinvest so that we are well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Our investment in our new manufacturing facility in Carlow is just one example of that investment in our future.