Expansion is grist to the Wakely mill
Rolling and grinding mill specialists Wakely Engineering Ltd held a dealer presentation day recently ahead of a busy 2017.
The event saw a 15-strong delegation visit the Wakely premises in Ardee, Co Louth, for a comprehensive rundown. Later in the day, the group were given a demonstration of some Wakely products at a nearby customer and feed supplier, Marksville Farms.
A family-owned and run business that was first established in 1979, directors Phelim and Sheila Wakely set out manufacturing a range of farm-based grain mills.
After a few years, Phelim's strong engineering background saw the company flourish to its current dominant position as the leading Irish producer of high output industrial grain-crushing mills for the home and export market.
The team focussed on manufacturing a complete range of rolling/grinding mills for a diverse range of markets, including the farming, alcohol, recycling and biomass industries.
The company has built a solid reputation among its Irish and UK customer base over the past 38 years and are continually developing new machines and tapping into a spread of markets. They currently employ 15 full-time staff.
Managing director Phelim told me a little about their journey to date: "In terms of the history of the company, we initially focussed on the farming sector and that's where we had our early success.
"It was always apparent to me that in order to be successful in Ireland and abroad we needed to appeal to a few different markets. With that in mind, around 15 years ago, we manufactured our first grist mill for the distilling and brewing industry. Today, things have advanced to the stage where we now supply the majority of grist mills to that industry, which is showing tremendous growth.