Suretank, the world's leading provider of engineered solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry, has celebrated the official opening of its new corporate centre in Ireland.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr Richard Bruton TD officially opened the new building, accompanied by Mr Fergus O'Dowd TD for Louth.

The multi million Euro investment at the Group's head office in Dunleer, Ireland, supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland, marks an important stage in the company's history. Suretank is ramping up its programme of organic and acquisition led growth to strengthen its reach in the market and positioning as the world's leading provider of engineered solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry.

The company has created 50 new jobs at its site in Dunleer in the last 12 months bringing the total number of employees in Ireland up to 185, with approximately 700 employees employed globally.

Suretank customers travelled from the USA, Brazil, Nigeria, Norway, UK and the Netherlands to join in the celebrations.

Minister of jobs PJoy John Fitzgerald SuretankMinister Bruton said: "Suretank is a model for the type of company we are trying to support through our Action Plan for Jobs. Here is an Irish manufacturing company, operating from a regional location, making specialist goods to the highest standards for growing export markets, and in the process growing its business and crucially creating jobs. We have repeatedly said that we must create a powerful engine of Irish industry alongside our strong multinational sector, and have set about improving the supports available to companies like Suretank in order to deliver that.

"As today's announcement by Suretank clearly shows – we have some brilliant exporting Irish companies. We just don't have enough of them, and that is what the Action Plan for Jobs is aimed at correcting. I wish Suretank every success with their future and look forward to working with them".

Patrick Joy, founder and chairman of Suretank, said: "This is an important day for us and one that we are delighted to be able to share with our customers. Without them we wouldn't be here. We're very proud of our achievements over the last 20 years and our new corporate centre is befitting of the high quality engineering solutions provider that Suretank is today. This is an opportunity to showcase our people, capabilities and expertise."

Significant change has taken place within Suretank in recent months as it looks to expand into new markets and continue to grow. HitecVision, a leading investor in the international oil and gas industry, became the majority shareholder in the business in July 2013 and John Fitzgerald joined the company as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Commenting on his ambitious plans for the future Fitzgerald said: "We have a very clear organic and acquisition led growth strategy to help us achieve our vision to become the world's leading provider of engineering solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry. Our focus will be on developing new market territories and deeper market penetration in our markets in Asia, Africa and the Americas, whilst continuing to focus on our customers in the North Sea with an absolute attention to customer care. Acquisitions will be targeted to areas that offer product extension possibilities and new market positions. We will continue to champion product development and innovation initiatives."

Customer care is of paramount importance to the company and Philip Murphy, as the recently appointed Director of Customer Care explained: "We're committed to ensuring that all our clients receive a world class customer experience through our problem solving and service, product quality and design, value for money and overall customer care. That's why today is so important to us to enable customers to meet with our team and see for themselves how we operate."

Suretank products are found worldwide, including the North Sea, West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Caspian, Sakhalin Sea, India, Australia, Middle East and the Far East. Its product range includes chemical and lined acid tankshelifuel tanksoffshore containersbasketsmudskips and cryogenic tanks.

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