As part of its commitment to servicing the Irish market Barrett Steel will launch its Engineering Division into Ireland on 1st May 2014. Barrett Engineering Steel Ireland will introduce a wide range of engineering steels and alloys from its warehouse and business unit in Maghaberry, Northern Ireland.
David Reece, Commercial Manager, Barrett Engineering Steel Division, explains: “Barrett recognises the vast potential in Ireland and seeks to build on its successes. We already have a substantial presence in the North and South of Ireland with a portfolio of businesses in the General Steel and Tubular Product Divisions. This brand new business will provide the power generation, petrochemical, engineering, defence, industrial plant & quarrying industries with an extensive range of products and processing facilities. As well as offering a wide range of black and bright engineering bar in both carbon and alloy grades, the division will also provide value-added services such as sawing, drilling, heat treatment, testing and grinding. Delivery is rapid from Northern Ireland with access to additional materials through the supply chain network, ensuring products are delivered safely, in perfect condition and on time.
“The launch is part of a continuing investment, which will include more new outlets in the near future. Barrett has increased its workforce by 20% at the site and we expect to start recruiting again later this year.”
He continues: “Barrett’s strength lies in its considerable market knowledge and its strong presence in the community, backed by the resources of the UK’s largest independent steel stockholder.”
Despite challenging times in the industry Barrett Steel reported a near 50% increase in pre-tax profits as sales increased for the financial year to September 2013.