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A new chapter in Monaghans Entrepreneurial and Indigenous industry has just been launched with the opening of Combilifts €50 million 11 acre Global Headquarters located on the Dublin Road. From small acorns grow large trees and the Combilift story is a prime example of what can be achieved with a clear strategic vision. Having opened its doors in 1998 the company has grown from strength to strength providing over 550 jobs in the locality and they are set to grow that by 200 in the next 3 years.

Combilift, Global Headquarters

Combilift is seeking skilled technicians, design engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists for the new roles. The firm currently employs 550 people in Monaghan, where it manufactures forklifts and material-handling products.

Combilift Workshop

The announcement came as the company opened its new €50 million global headquarters and manufacturing facility, a 46,500sq m facility will allow the firm to double production.

The investment will help Combilift to meet its ambitious growth plans, said managing director Martin McVicar.

“We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015 and we are planning to recruit an additional 200 in the next three years,” he said. “The combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and a skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years.”

Martin McVicar, CombiLift, in their new factory in Monaghan Town. ©Rory Geary

The announcement of the new jobs was made at the official opening by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who described the company as “an incredible home-grown Monaghan success story”.

“When the company was founded 20 years ago, it had three employees, a brilliant concept and the ambition to make it a reality. We need more home-grown companies like Combilift if we are to achieve our vision for a prosperous future for communities living in counties all across the country,” he said.

Combilift currently exports 98 per cent of its products to 85 countries and is a significant employer in the Border region.

“Perhaps above all, the company is living proof that you don’t have to be in a big city to achieve global success,” said Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. “I am delighted that the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, has part-funded the manufacturing facility, which paves the way for this exciting business to double its output and create new jobs in the region.”

The link below illustrates the growth of the company over the past two decades