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Strabane: Pipe work firm Fabplus creates 83 jobs

Darren McGavigan of Fabplus is pictured with Alastair Hamilton and Des Gartland, Invest NI. Image copyright Invest NI
Image caption Strabane-based Fabplus is planning to more than double its workforce and turnover with support from Invest Northern Ireland

A Strabane manufacturing firm is creating 83 jobs in a £7m expansion.

Fabplus makes prefabricated pipe work for use in fire sprinkler systems fitted in hospitals, factories and apartments throughout Britain and Ireland.

According to Invest NI, the new jobs will add £1.7m in salaries to the local economy and take employment at the firm to 138 people.

It is providing £786,000 in grant aid.

The company is hoping to gain a foothold in markets in mainland Europe and Scandinavia.

Image copyright Invest NI
Image caption Recruitment is underway to employ 83 additional staff

Fabplus director Darren McGavigan said: "This is an ambitious expansion plan designed to move our operations to a scale which can compete in the global marketplace."

Fabplus is a subsidiary of Mechanical Pipework Fabrication Limited (MPF), based in Lifford in the Republic of Ireland.

The new jobs will be created over the next three years.

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