A vibrant building industry is vital to the economy and it is also important that businesses supplying material to the construction sector continue to innovate and bring new concepts and products to the market. That is a challenge that O’Reilly Concrete in Kingscourt has been relishing since its arrival on the scene in 1939.
There are over 200 people employed directly in the business with the active involvement of over 100 sub-contractors in spin-off employment such as transport.
They believe that innovation and the strongest in-house design team of any precast concrete company in Ireland is what sets them apart from their competitors.
“We have developed our own Rapid Build Precast Wall Solution, which enables us to erect an ALDI store in seven days, complete schools in 12 weeks and 12-storey apartment blocks, such as Central Park in Leopardstown, in 20 weeks. The complete structure is manufactured in our plant, delivered to site and erected by our fitting crews”, said the managing director Barry O’Reilly.
“We continue to re-invest in our plants and technology with the creation of 62 jobs across our five plants over the past year”, he added. “We have just completed the construction of our own paving slab factory just outside Kingscourt, adjacent to our paving brick factory Barleystone. We are installing the plant and machinery at present and hope to have it up and running by Christmas and be ready for the Spring campaign with a new brochure and new products, including patio slabs with different finishes, colours and textures. Ninety per cent of the products manufactured in this new factory will be exported to the UK”, said Barry.
O’Reilly Concrete manufacture the following products – Rapid Build Precast Buildings, Precast walls, floors, stairs, paving brick, wastewater treatment systems, rainwater harvesting systems, oil/water separators, readymix, block and stone and airtight blocks.
“We have probably built in the region of 40 ALDI stores across Ireland at this stage. The fastest ALDI we did was in Carrickmacross – it was built in seven days”, said Barry.
They have landed major schools projects in Kells, Bray and Wexford. The wall structures that will be used in tees schools are made at their plant on Feahoe, Co Monaghan.
“We use IT Software to regulate the sequencing of our deliveries to major build like a school. We produce by the trailer load and it is dispatched in the sequence that the building is being erected”, explained Barry.
The company is also considering expanding by opening a plant in the UK, though its main production would always remain in Ireland.
Contact O’Reilly Concrete in Kingscourt Co Cavan on 00 353 42 9667237
Press Article by Anglo Celt 27 Oct 2016