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Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran
April 25
12:08 2019

Following a competitive tendering process, Gyproc Ireland, which mines gypsum at Knocknacran quarry for use in its factory in Kingscourt, has announced the awarding of an important new contract to Wills Bros. Ltd.  Wills Bros are one of Ireland’s leading civil engineering contractors with experience in large scale infrastructural, industrial and earthworks projects. The contract with Gyproc covers the next phase of land works and ground works at Knocknacran quarry and is part of Gyproc’s long-term investment in the local area.

This new contract marks the 2nd stage of a multi-million-euro investment in Knocknacran and the works being done by Wills Bros will help to ensure the Gyproc factory at Kingscourt continues to have access to a supply of gypsum rock from within Ireland. Gypsum is a core ingredient used by Gyproc to produce plaster and plasterboard for use in Ireland’s construction sector across residential and commercial buildings.  Gyproc is the only company to mine and manufacture plasterboard in Ireland and has been mining in the Monaghan area for over 80 years.

The completion of the contract will support significant employment during the period of these works of up to 40 people primarily involved in operating and maintaining heavy plant and machinery. The area where the works are planned include lands owned by Gyproc which are currently being considered for potential suitability for a new state-of-the-art sports and community facility in Magheracloone.

Brian Dolan, Managing Director of Gyproc, said: “The awarding of this contract to Wills Bros. Ltd. is significant for Gyproc as it will ensure we have long term access to some of the necessary raw material to continue meeting demand for Gyproc products used in buildings right across Ireland. The gypsum mined from our lands is transformed into our market leading plaster and plasterboard at our Kingscourt factory, the only such plant in Ireland. Being able to mine and produce plaster products wholly in Ireland makes an important and positive contribution to both employment and the economy. We are doubly pleased that winning tenderer in this process is an Irish company and already active in the area.”

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