Smiley Monroe Production
Managers DecIan McGrady and Peter Blair
beside some of the company's new Equipment.
US3308-122A0 Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly
A LISBURN company has announced a hi-tech
investment which will create jobs for the area.
Smiley Monroe, a leading supplier of conveyor
belting, has invested �300k in technology.
This has also created eight new jobs at the
Knockmore Hill production facility - the firm employs about 130
people in total, based in Northern Ireland, the Republic and
England. Marketing Manager Tim Monroe said this planned
investment is to support Smiley Monroe's year-on-year growth.
"This latest �300k investment in technology
includes our third high spec rubber cutting machine and bespoke
vulcanising presses for making 'endless' short rubber conveyor
belts and will allow us to double our output over the next six
months" he said.
"This modernisation of our production
facility is part of our ongoing commitment to continuously
improve our processes, products and services through lean
"Our client executive at Invest NI, Claire
McLoughlin, has been a great help advising the Company during
the whole process of improving our capability and increasing
efficiencies, and by providing assistance with Trade Missions,
the Interim Manager Programme and the 'Compete' Scheme.
"Smiley Monroe has always invested in its
people, which we believe is the key to our success. And we're
always on the lookout for new talent - we currently have an
undergraduate working with us for the summer from the school of
Mechanical Engineering at Queens University Belfast."