Irish food oil firm invests £2m in new Lisburn depot
27 July 2021 | 0
Irish food oil firm Frylite has launched a new depot in Lisburn to accommodate increased demand for its products in the area.
The launch represents an investment of £2m for the firm and has made way for 25 new jobs including a new depot manager.
It is the sixth depot in the company and adds to the firm’s existing bases in Coleraine, Cork, Dublin, Galway, and its headquarters in Strabane, with Frylite presently employing 230 staff across the latter sites.
Martin Gormley, operations director, says the newest depot will meet the demands of its growing customer base in and around the Belfast region, an area previously served by its Strabane depot, while supporting its drive to zero carbon emissions.
“We are delighted to be able to make our mark on yet another part of the province in terms of growing our business but also contributing to the local economy through the creation of new roles,” he said.
The new depot “not only allows us to be closer to our customers but it allows us to meet their daily needs in a shorter time frame with less travelling involved,” Gormley said, “and that in turn has a better impact on the environment and improves our customer service.
“It’s an efficient business model that offers more competitive pricing for our customers too and we are very optimistic about the growth this will bring to the business.”
The opening comes as Frylite assigns 2021 as the year for its “green revolution” during which it has plans to use its oil products to produce fuel via Anaerobic Digestion. That process will allow it to power its fleet of vehicles and is just one of many green initiatives which will make it a carbon neutral business by 2030.
Eamon McCay, managing director, says the Frylite Lisburn site has a lot of scope to grow even more in the coming years partly due to its zero carbon emissions drive.
“Initial plans for staffing at the depot involve the recruitment of 25 staff but there is capacity for up to 60 team members at the base with roles in delivery, warehousing, sales and more available,” he said.
“We also anticipate that the growth of our food waste collection business and our oil and waste oils business will drive the need for a total of 60 new staff members who will work solely from the new base.
“It is great to be able to grow our business and that is testament to the quality product and service that we offer customers who have continued to support us and contribute to our growth,” McCay added.
The Lisburn facility was designed by Manor Architects and built by Woodvale Construction in conjunction with Frylite.
The company is currently seeking new HGV drivers as the haulage industry struggles with a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK out of a pre-pandemic total of around 600,000 according to the Road Haulage Association.