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Monday 15 September 2014

Joinery firm creates 22 jobs as part of €1.77m expansion

Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 01/09/2014 | 15:59

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Deluxe was established over 40 years ago as a painting and decorating service

A bespoke Northern Ireland joinery firm is creating 22 new jobs as part of a £1.4m (€1.77m) expansion.

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The posts with the Co Armagh-based Deluxe Group will provide opportunities for graduates as well as non-graduates.

Colm O'Farrell, managing director with the Portadown firm, said: "Over the last couple of years, we have experienced increasing demand for our services and now need to expand our production facilities and recruit additional staff."

The new jobs, nine of which are already in place, include five production staff and a range of specialist and managerial positions.

The Deluxe Group, which was established over 40 years ago as a painting and decorating service, now specialises in high-end fit-out projects.

The company recently fitted out a ride and restaurant at Disneyland Paris and has also carried out work for luxury London retailers like Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges - as well as the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel, on London's Park Lane.

Invest Northern Ireland (NI) has contributed £290,000 towards the company's total investment of £1,441,200.

Brian Dolaghan, Invest NI's executive director of business and sector development, said: "Deluxe has a history of being able to adapt and reposition itself to ensure not only its survival but also growth, even during the recent downturn in the construction sector.

"This investment will allow the company to move into its next phase of growth and further increase its profile in the bespoke interiors markets."

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