- 09 September 2011
Dungannon firm Westland Horticulture has announced a £5m investment which will create 23 new jobs.
The employment boost was confirmed as the company unveiled the new high-tech machinery used to produce a number of new compost products.
The Co Tyrone business is one of the UK's leading suppliers of horticulture products including compost, plant food and peat alternatives.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered Westland Horticulture over £200,000 to support the investment in product development, factory improvements and export marketing.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was in attendance at the unveiling on Friday morning alongside celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin.
Arlene Foster said: "Westland Horticulture is an innovative, ambitious and forward thinking business. Over the last 20 years, the company has worked hard to establish a leading position in the horticulture sector and has demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
The Minister said she hope the investment would help the company "to grow its business in new and existing markets, secure the future success of the company and offer valuable employment opportunities in Co. Tyrone."
Edward Conroy, Joint Managing Director of Westland Horticulture, said the firm's ongoing aim is to "help reduce the reliance on peat based products within the horticultural industry and increase our customer base of professional growers in international markets."