Framespace expansion to create 150 new Longford roles

Longford-based modular housing provider Framespace will create 150 new jobs.

The move comes as the company, which already employs 100 people, officially opens its new €8m factory.

Cameron Willis’ converted former engineering plant in the city will allow the company to deliver 550 off-site built residential units each year.

With new staff to be added over the next three years, the company aims to double its output to deliver 1,100 homes by 2025.

“We all know that Ireland has a housing crisis and off-site housing provides a solution that will help speed the delivery of new homes as adoption increases,” said Declan Murtagh, CEO of Framespace Solutions.

“We are proud to open the factory here in Longford today.”

Declan Murtagh, CEO of Framespace, Robert Troy, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Business Regulation and Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland

The new jobs will be in areas such as design and engineering, and general and semi-skilled operational positions will also be filled.

The expansion will come as a boost to the city of Longford, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

The business is being supported in its development by Enterprise Ireland and the Longford Local Business Office.

“Enterprise Ireland recently launched the ‘Built To Innovate’ campaign, which is an initiative of the government’s Housing for All scheme,” said Leo Clancy, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland.

“In that context, the scope for a rapid expansion of modular housing in Ireland is clear and Framespace has an excellent offering in this growing market.”

The plant will manufacture prefinished floor, wall and ceiling panels for use in the houses, which are then delivered to site for rapid assembly.

Buildings of up to seven stories can be built using the system, reducing on-site construction time by up to 40% compared to traditional construction methods.

The company says it has a strong portfolio of projects, including a partnership with Tetrarch Homes, and is looking to work with local authorities and Approved Housing Agencies.

The news was welcomed by Minister of State Robert Troy, who said the company will play a key role in executing the Government’s Housing for All strategy.

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