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2018 brings jobs boost for Omagh

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Up to 30 jobs will be created over the coming months in a new multi-million garage development on the outskirts of Omagh. Desmond Motors yesterday (Tuesday) opened its first major base outside Londonderry at the site of the former BMW garage.

The family-run company, which has over 50 years experience in the trade, will have the full Ford product line-up and according to managing director, Garret Mallon, they chose to develop the base on the Dromore Road  to cater for the already extensive territory their customers came from.

"To serve our customer base in Dungannon, Enniskillen or Omagh from Derry wasn't feasible. To ask someone to drive to our base might have been a bit unrealistic so we've opened up the site on the in Omagh to extend our reach to commercial customers and make it easy for them to come along and see and test drive the full range of products.

We will also be able to provide the full back-up service for this out of Omagh because we're also an approved repairer with Transit Centre status, which allows us to carry out warranty and maintenance work on all commercial Ford vehicles.

"This is a multi-million pound, long-term investment in Omagh. It's not a case of just opening up a showroom. We're doing this in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company so it's at the appropriate manufacturer's standard with regards to how it looks, performs and what equipments is in there. We will have full sales, workshop, parts and service facilities and we will be supplying the Ford rental service as well."

 

He added the project was still in development and while they open yesterday with 10 employees, he hoped this would rise to approximately 30 in the coming 12 to 24 months.

"I can't reveal all of the plans for the next six to 12 months, but that building is more than capable of doing other things as well within the Ford franchise but at this stage we're just doing the commercials".

Mr Mallon added they were keen to recruit from the Omagh and surrounding areas and embed themselves in the community through things like sponsorship of local sports clubs.

"We will support the community in the same way we do in Derry. This is a long-term investment and for it to truly work properly we have to become part of the community," he said.

The chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Andy Barrett, will officially open the new facility on March 18.

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