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Co Armagh haulage firm to create new jobs with major £10m expansion

The company was set up by Patrick Derry in 1999

A county Armagh haulage firm is to create a host of new jobs with the announcement of a £10m investment.

Derry Refrigerated Transport, in Portadown, is planning on building a on adding another base in the town.

The company, set up by Patrick Derry in 1999, is currently based at Vicarage Road and employs around 150 workers.

The new Charlestown Road will include an office, storage/warehousing and workshop buildings, HGV trailer parking and car parking.

A company statement said: “Since inception, the company has become increasingly successful and has gained a larger stake in the local haulage market through an increased number of company clients.

“Since 2013, the company has grown 67% and this period of growth has allowed DRT (NI) Ltd to increase both the number of HGV vehicles on the road, and company employees.

“At present the company employs approximately 150 staff, and the investment and development of the haulage depot will lead to further expected job creation, both within the company itself and during the construction phase.

“The company have recognised an increasing haulage requirement for chilled storage facilities.

“As the company successfully works alongside local businesses, they wish to develop their chilled storage offering as this specialised area is somewhat limited.”

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