Textiles firm Baird Group is investing £3 million to establish one of the world's largest and most advanced linen dyeing and finishing plants.

The development, which will cater for the Group's dyeing and finishing requirements, is to be housed at the John Hanna subsidiary in Kells, near Ballymena, Co Antrim. It will generate 24 new jobs at both management and technician level, and new recruits will also strengthen the product development team.

A £650,225 contribution towards the cost of the investment is being made by the Industrial Development Board (IDB) to support university research into developing new finished and linen-mix fabrics.

James Baird, Baird Group joint managing director, said the investment would allow the company to increase its competitiveness in terms of quality, productivity and price, as well as expand into new markets that it has identified.


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