Harmony Timber Solutions, leading manufacturer and supplier of timber engineering systems, has announced a deal with Echelon Data Centres, the owner of Avoca River Park, Arklow, which will provide the company with a permanent home. Harmony’s growing business, which currently employs 60 people, has been on a short-term lease at another location on the site since 2015.
The terms of the agreement, which remain confidential between both parties, sees Harmony Timber Solutions buying part of the site where it will locate its new factory, thereby ensuring the long-term continuation of its operations.
Garrett Dempsey, Group Managing Director of Harmony Timber Solutions, said that they were pleased with the move and happy to be able to continue operations at the Avoca River Park site:
“We’ve been at Avoca River Park for around four years now, and it’s well-placed for our operation, in terms of transport links and employee travel times. The site also has the space we need to manage our current operations and develop the growing ‘off-site construction’ side of our business – building complete units in-factory for delivery direct to site.
“We’re pleased to have been able to conclude a deal with Echelon Data Centres that means we can continue to operate on the site for the long-term. It provides a welcome level of certainty to the 60 people who work here and the further twenty employees that we plan to hire by the end of the year. Our intention is to start work on the new factory sometime in mid-August.
“Echelon have exciting and far-reaching plans for the site which could see it transform into an international business hub, which is something we’d support and would want to be a part of.”
Graeme McWIlliams, COO, Echelon Data Centres, commented:
“We are fully committed to Arklow and to our plans for the Avoca River Park, which will see the construction of a data centre with 100MW of capacity – and the potential to be one of the largest and greenest in Europe – creating 450 jobs in construction and a further 90 permanent operational roles.
“We’re happy to have been able to provide Harmony Timber Solutions with the opportunity of a permanent home on the site and we hope that they, and Holfeld Plastics, who are nearby, will be joined by other businesses in the future as the site develops and grows.”