€1.6 million NTA Contract for Larkins
We have signed the contract with the NTA for the supply of the products for use by bus operators all over the country.
Three years ago, we won the tender for the supply of bus poles for Bus Eireann and that contract was worth over €100,000.
We also make and erect shelters for Irish Rail including ones put in place recently at Oranmore and Ballinasloe stations in Galway.
Another Tuam firm JFC Plastics have also benefited from the NTA order as this company is working in association with Larkins by manufacturing the plastic information display cases for the flag poles which will display bus timetable and onward travel information. Larkin Engineering also work in product design and manufacture with another Tuam company Cormac Sheep Equipment Limited.
Noel Larkin started out the business as a one-man firm in 1985 and now it has grown to having a staff of 28 with further increases by between ten and 20 per cent expected following the NTA contract and others with the additional jobs expected in the sales and manufacturing areas.
The firm expanded its manufacturing facilities at Weir Road, Tuam in 1995 and is now running a partial second shift to keep up with business demands and the possibility of running around the clock shift for manufacturing its products is now on the cards.
Over 20 per cent of our business is now in the UK and Northern Ireland, much of it for street furniture and litter bins with city and county councils and this is expected to increase for a further ten per cent in the coming year while similar business with local authorities across Ireland is also on the increase.
Larkin Engineering are ISO 9000 & 14000 accredited and have won the First Flight Exporter of the Year award from the Irish Exporters Association.