Multihog Ltd, the Dundalk-based designer and manufacturer of the Multihog multi-purpose implement carrier this week announced that it has made its first inroads into the Canadian market with the conclusion of a significant first deal with Vancouver Airport to supply three Multihog base vehicles and a wide range of attachments.
The contract came about with support from Enterprise Ireland in Canada and the announcement of the contract coincides with this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Canada led by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The Multihog was designed as a one-machine solution for a wide variety of ground-care, highway maintenance and winter clearance applications and its versatility and cost effective one-man operation quickly brought it to the attention of local authorities, contractors and airports. Initial orders from the UK and Ireland were followed by sales in mainland Europe and Russia. The company continues to build up a network of dealerships in these areas to support its operations.
The machines supplied for Vancouver will primarily be used for snow clearance and de-icing around aircraft parked at stands, an application that the Multihog excels in due to its compact dimensions coupled with powerful performance. Three front-mounted combination snow brush and plough attachments, and three rear-mounted de-icing sprayers complete the winter clearance package while two roller mowers that are also being delivered will enable the machines to be used for summer operations.
According to Multihog’s Managing Director, Jim McAdam:
‘Sales have risen steadily since we established Multihog in 2008. Having beaten off stiff competition from numerous other manufacturers to win the tender for Vancouver Airport, we expect this significant deal to be the first of many for the North American market, which is a further boost for our thirty-two strong workforce in Dundalk.’
Congratulating the company Minister Bruton said:
“Multihog is a great example of an innovative, export-focused Irish company with a world-class product offering, and the news that it has secured its first contract in the Canadian market is evidence of the major potential that exists in global markets for Irish companies like it. By continuing, through the Action Plan for Jobs, to improve supports for companies like this, I am determined to ensure that we can see more businesses like this succeed in international markets and create the export-led growth and jobs we need.”
Fine Gael Louth Deputy, Peter Fitzpatrick, has congratulated Mulithog, on landing the contract.
Deputy Fitzpatrick said that the inroads made by Mulithog into the North American market signal great things to come and more importantly the potential for increased job creation at home.
“The awarding of the Vancouver Airport contract to Multihog has allowed the company to make its first ever inroads into the Canadian market. This presents great opportunity for Multidog to expand and develop into this market now that it has secured a foothold.
“This announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to Canada this week, which is being headed up by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. It comes on the back of an announcement of 125 new jobs to be created in Drogheda by Nextag, world’s largest independent comparison shopping company.
“The importance of rebuilding our workforce and getting people off the dole cannot be overstated. Encouraging foreign companies to open up and expand in Ireland is crucial. So too is supporting our indigenous industries to grow and export to foreign markets. This will ensure that productivity remains strong and that the workforce can be expanded with the creation of additional jobs.
“I would like to congratulate Multihog on winning this contract and look forward to tracking the bright future which undoubtedly lies ahead for it.”
Senator Mary Moran today welcomed the announcement from Multihog Ltd.
“This is another very welcome piece of good news for Dundalk. This
company established in 2008, has gone from strength to strength. With
a workforce of 32 at present, the securing of this contract in
Vancouver is hopefully the beginning of further expansion in the
future. I would like to congratulate the Managing Director Jim McAdam
on this great development, and wish him and the company continued success.
“I would also like to commend Enterprise Ireland for their support in this and other projects which provide assistance to many up and coming companies at home and abroad.”