Modular home builder Framespace will hire a further 150 people when it opens a new £8million factory in Longford.
he company already employs 100 people in Ireland and has just refurbished the former Cameron Willis engineering factory in the Midlands town.
He is currently developing a six-home site at Riverside Manor in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.
The offsite home provider – which says its products can help meet the government’s social and affordable housing targets – is now hiring for design, engineering and general operations roles.
In a statement Thursday, the homebuilder said it was on track to double production to deliver 1,100 homes a year by 2025.
Framespace manufactures pre-finished floor, wall and roof panels at its Longford factory, which can be assembled into houses of up to seven storeys in a matter of hours.
The system cuts construction time by up to 40pc compared to more traditional construction methods, Framespace estimates.
The €8 million investment in the Longford facility was supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office in Longford.
It is estimated that Ireland will need 33,000 new homes a year until 2030.
“Framespace Solutions will play a pivotal role in implementing the government’s ‘Housing for All’ strategy by providing a sustainable alternative to traditional forms of construction,” said Minister of State for Trade Promotion Robert Troy.
“Framespace is already a regionally important business and a key player in the construction industry with strong export ambitions, and the news of its expansion into Longford is welcome.”
He said the announcement “is hugely important for the Midlands and the national economy”.
Enterprise Ireland chief executive Leo Clancy said the “opportunities for rapid expansion of modular housing in Ireland are clear”.
Declan Murtagh, CEO of Framespace Solutions, said the company “delivers a solution that will help accelerate the delivery of new homes as adoption increases.”