case study: mchale ENJOYING EXPORT SUCCESS
With a turnover of about €55m, McHale is arguably the biggest Irish machinery success story of them all. The baler specialist employs an impressive 240 people and has headquarters in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
This firm is always quick to highlight the fact that it has tested its products in the west of Ireland in some of the "harshest conditions in the world."
It is almost like a quality mark, and it is one that appears to have worked well for the family-run business whose balers are now as likely to be spotted working in Rotorua as in Roscommon.
Central to McHale's success is undoubtedly the fact that 90pc of sales now come from exports. While very popular in Ireland, the firm has also developed products aimed at lucrative continental markets like France, for example with the V660 belt baler.
Today, McHale also runs a second manufacturing facility in Szolnok, Hungary. A typically Irish theme underlies how the business evolved in the first instance; brothers Padraic and Martin McHale established the company in 1980, having built it up from a small farm machinery retail outlet in Kilmaine, Co Mayo that is still open today.
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