Omagh engineering firm Telestack has revealed plans for further growth at its site on the Bankmore Road.
The local company, which specialises in mobile bulk material handling solutions, will celebrate 20 years in business next year.
Acquired by US based Astec Industries in 2014, it currently employs 140 people, with an annual turnover in excess of £25m.
The company has undergone a period of rapid growth since the 2014 takeover, unveiling a new 1,300 square metre state-of-the-art spray paint workshop last year.
Last summer also saw Telestack announce the creation of 25 new jobs.
Now the company has submitted a planning application to construct a new unit at its Bankmore Road factory site.
The engineering firm says the new unit is not about increasing the amount of floor space on the site, rather it’s about streamlining and automating existing production processes.
The application for the new plan was submitted with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on January 9 2018.
A design statement provided to planners outlines the proposal in detail:
“This year as part of Telestack’s continued programme of growth and continual streamlining of its processes, it is keen to alter the use of one part of its factory, referred to as ‘Fabrication Area 3’, to become a packing area for disassembling tested mobile handling systems for shipping.
“This process presently takes place in the existing Telestack factory and as a result, ties up factory production space and slows the production of new orders for their mobile handling systems whilst it is being used for this packing process.
“As a result of this, Telestack plan to develop a new purpose-built factory unit to re-house ‘Fabrication Area 3’.
“The new unit will contain state-of-the art steel cutting and drilling equipment, which will be totally automated to replace the outdated machinery used in ‘Fabrication Area 3’.”
The plan will see the demolition and reinstatement of ‘Fabrication Area 2’ (approximately 425sqm), together with an additional 800sqm to rehouse ‘Fabrication Area 3’.
The new unit will be taller than the current units, to facilitate the increasing sizes of the mobile handling systems being produced.