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Northern Ireland renewables-focused manufacturing company to create 26 jobs

Lisburn-based Casc decided to focus on growing its team and expanding its skillset after working with Invest NI to invest in new machinery.

Lisburn-headquartered manufacturing company Casc is investing £1.7m in its operations, which will involve the creation of 26 new jobs, as well as skills development initiatives for its existing team.

Casc provides project management and professional labour services for the renewables sector. It also provides metal fabrication to the engineering, construction and utilities industries.

Jobs will be for machine operators, site technicians, project manager and electricians, as well as support staff across finance, design and logistics.

Casc’s investment and expansion plans are being supported by Invest NI. According to Grainne McVeigh, that organisation’s director of advanced manufacturing and engineering, a focus on diversifying skillsets within the engineering and construction sectors is necessary to reflect the importance of low carbon and renewable energy.

She added that Invest NI has worked with Casc to help it develop “an innovative approach to the energy sector so that it can secure new business globally.”

“The investment is an important part of its overall business strategy, and we are pleased to support the next stage of its growth. By expanding and upskilling the team, it is investing in its people and in the future of the company.”

The new jobs will create more than £800,000 in additional annual salaries for the local economy in Northern Ireland.

According to Karl Crockard, managing director of Casc, the business has recently invested in its machinery as well as its people, thanks to Invest NI.

“We’ve recently invested in new state of the art machinery, including tube lasers and a robotic welder, to enhance our manufacturing capability and increase productivity and efficiencies. With this in place, we’ve been able to develop a strong pipeline of projects specifically in the renewable offshore wind sector.”

However, the business did not have the capacity to deliver these new projects without additional investment in its team.

“We reached out to Invest Northern Ireland to see how it could support us to scale our business and maximise the benefits of our new machinery. By investing specifically in our people, through training and job creation, we will be able to increase our long-term growth in the offshore wind sector.

“This will ensure we have a team of highly skilled professionals who will enable us to remain competitive in global markets through sales wins and effective machine operation, providing quality products consistently. This will be key to completing these sales and unlocking our future international growth,” Crockard concluded.

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