McQuillan Envirocare create 16 jobs with £2m investment
McQuillan Envirocare, part of the locally family owned McQuillan Companies has invested £2m in a bespoke chemical treatment facility, constructed by John McQuillan(Contracts) Limited, at its plant in Antrim.
The new facility, which is based at McQuillan’s Hazardous Waste Transfer station aims to create 10 jobs during the first six months increasing to 16 roles over an initial three year period.
McQuillan Envirocare’s Total Waste Management Approach has allowed them to develop longstanding relationships with some of Northern Ireland’s leading companies and the expansion of the plant in Antrim will extend their specialist services further.
Speaking at the official opening, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said;
“The expansion of McQuillan Envirocare through their state-of-the-art chemical treatment facility is welcome news for the Antrim area and demonstrates how a locally owned, family firm who have been operating for over 100 years can continue to deliver advanced, high quality waste management service to clients. Working with Invest Northern Ireland, the company is benefiting from Jobs Fund support to recruit the additional staff needed to develop the business in its target markets.
“The company is an outstanding example of an innovative business which is not afraid to take a new path in the pursuit of success. This expansion will build on McQuillan Envirocare’s ongoing drive and commitment to sustain and grow their business.”
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “This new development proves that the local waste management sector is responding to the challenges of waste management in the 21st Century and can provide high quality, high tech solutions to customers. It is particularly welcome that these developments are being led by local, family owned firms like McQuillans. This facility will help reduce waste exports, with multiple environmental benefits including reduced waste transport and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.”
McQuillan Envirocare specialises in providing total waste management services alongside its sister company McQuillan Skip Hire. The main role of the new plant will be to handle hazardous and non- hazardous liquid waste via recovery and physio chemical treatments.
Cecil Hamill, Waste Director from McQuillan Envirocare added: “The investment in the new Chemical Treatment Facility will allow us to offer clients the latest technology as well as a state-of-the-art analytical lab. The plant will be capable to treat up to 40,000 tonnes of waste each year and also has drum washing, shredding equipment and on site storage facilities.
“The plant will allow our expert team to treat various waste types including coolants, acids, oil/water mixtures, high COD Aqueous liquids, trade effluent and Landfill leachate. The Treatment facility has been fitted out to a high standard with fixtures including an evaporator, oil/ water separators, reactor system, filter press, a tank farm and a complex SCADA (Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition) computer system to control and monitor the plant .
“This facility is an industry leader and offers unique environmental disposal options for businesses across Northern Ireland. McQuillan Companies operate out of five locations in Northern Ireland and incorporate a diverse range of services including; civil engineering, demolition, quarrying, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, outdoor cleaning services and analytical chemistry.