There was some great news for Dundalk last week as the Dundalk Bay Brewing company was granted planning permission to change use of part of a building at the Finnabair Business and Technology Park into a brewing facility.
Spectac international, an Irish engineering company that provide stainless steel turnkey solutions and vessels, are subdividing their manufacturing floor and are moving from their premises on the Coe’s road to the business park where the 40,000sq foot brewery will be located. It will have a capacity of 75 hectolitres.
Spectac was founded in 1986 by managing director Tony Healy who runs the business along with his daughter Faye Healy who is director of the company.
“We are very happy to be involved with this project,” Ms Healy said. “The new brewery will create a lot of local jobs so it really is great news for Dundalk.”
The business woman said it made sense for the company to branch out into brewing.
“We decided to open a brewery as brewing is fundamental to our business.
“Dundalk also has a wealth of experience within the brewing industry.
“The brewing industry is also at it’s peak at the moment so we are taking advantage of that.”
The company has worked with consumer companies such as Diageo and Tullamore Whiskey and recently completed a project with independent Irish whiskey company Teeling.
“We are also work with dairy, food and chemical companies and opening the brewery will make us stand out even more from other engineering companies now,” Ms Healy said.
Ms Healy also said that they are hoping to have a visitors area in the brewery which would generate tourism for the area.
The company is currently in the middle of sub dividing but hopes to be done at the end of February or start of March. Ms Healy said everything should be up and running in six months time.