On Friday, 23rd of February, the annual Waterford Business Awards will take place in Faithlegg House Hotel in association with Waterford Chamber, WLR and Waterford City and County Council , celebrating the best in Waterford business across 10 categories. In each category, 3 local businesses are shortlisted, and every day on WLR in the lead up to the gala awards ceremony, we’ll be putting the spotlight on a different awards category:
Today it’s Manufacturing & Industry sponsored by W.I.T. and the shortlist is:
DE BARRA COVERS
Having a love for the marine industry, Darryl Barry spotted a gap in the market for custom made boat covers, sails and materials, which inspired him to set up his own custom covers business in 2014. Producing a range of hand-made custom covers, sail shades, wind breakers, awnings, canopies and more from a variety of materials for the commercial and private industry, early 2017 brought the need to open their manufacturing facility on the Park Road. Having vastly expanded over the last number of years, clients now include CHC Helicopters, Waterford Fire Service, New Ross Boat Yard, Waterford Council.
EirGen Pharma, a subsidiary of OPKO Health Inc., was established in 2005 and employs over 220 people at two sites in Waterford, located very close to each other. Voted Irish Pharma company of the year (SME) in 2017, EirGen produces and supplies various pharmaceutical products globally, including those required for cancer treatment. It is the global Supply Chain and Research & Development Centre of Excellence for OPKO, a publically traded healthcare company involved in the discovery, development, and commercialization of next-generation diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines. Their Research & Development facility opened in June 2017 with production and laboratories currently being constructed.
MURPHY LARKIN TIMBER PRODUCTS
It’s been an exciting start to the new year for Murphy Larkin Timber Products, who just opened a new 2000sq ft doors and floors showroom in Riverstown, Tramore, along with launching new products such as barn doors, sliding rails and stone-work walls. Established in Waterford in 2009, Murphy Larkin specialises in supplying on-trend and beautifully designed timber doors and floors for new builds, renovations, commercial and residential clients. Their highly skilled carpenters offer a full installation service on all products. Whether off-the shelf or completely bespoke, their experienced Sales Team provide you with as much advice and guidance as you need on your chosen products.
Today we put the spotlight on the shortlist for the Manufacturing & Industry category sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology in the Waterford Business Awards. Best of luck to De Barra Covers, EirGen Pharma and Murphy Larkin Timber Products. The winner will be announced on Friday, 23rd Feb at a gala ceremony in Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club.
Posted by WLR FM on Friday, February 9, 2018
To find out more about each of the nominees in this category, listen to Déise Today every morning from 10am-midday to hear interviews with the business owners and check out more videos on WLR’s Facebook and on the dedicated page on WLRFM.com