21 February 2019
CDE unveils new Global Center of Excellence and announces important investment in local skills.
CDE, the industry-leading solutions provider of wet processing equipment has, today (Thursday, February 21), officially opened its new global headquarters in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and announced an innovative new programme to invest in the skills of young people in the area.
Having grown the team by 65% over the last 2 years, the company plans to create an additional 150 new jobs by 2020. Its new facility, unveiled to the local community this morning, can accommodate over 400 people and is now home to the world’s largest engineering team dedicated to wet processing technologies.
CDE Talent Camp
At the event, the firm also announced the creation of CDE Talent Camp, which will run between 24th and 28th June this year. It will provide 15-17-year-olds from schools and colleges across Northern Ireland with the opportunity to take their first steps into engineering and to explore how a world-class business operates.
Following an application process, 20 pupils will be selected to spend an action-packed week at CDE’s new base, meeting its engineers, exploring its operations, and gaining invaluable engineering and business experience. The company’s talent team will also be on hand to provide training, advice, and coaching.
CDE is an industry-leading solutions provider of equipment for the construction, mining, industrial sands, environmental and construction & demolition waste industries. Over the last 25 years, the company has designed and installed almost 2,000 turnkey wet processing solutions across the world.
Claire Colvin, Director of Talent at CDE, says: “CDE has very ambitious growth plans and we want to help develop the future engineers and business people who will help us continue the company’s international success story. CDE Talent Camp will allow us to invest back into the local community and also help create the talent pool that we and the local economy need for the years to come. We very much look forward to welcoming young people with an interest in engineering and business to our new headquarters in June.”
A Cutting Edge and Collaborative Environment
Officially opening the new headquarters, CDE Managing Director, Brendan McGurgan, said: "As we continue to see strong growth in markets around the world for our range of wet processing equipment, our new headquarters provides an outstanding base from which to expand and develop our business and our workforce. We believe we have created a highly advanced facility that matches CDE’s excellence, ambition, and reputation.”
Brendan continued: “Our new Centre of Excellence provides a cutting-edge and collaborative environment that strengthens our commitment to developing sustainable innovations to advance the circular driven economy within a New World of Resource.”
CDE Chairman, Tony Convery, added: “Our goal is to deliver a consistent, world-class service to our customers and we now have a world-class headquarters from which to do that. It is somewhere that we are very proud to bring customers to from around the world, and which will help us to continue to recruit the very best engineers and people in the industry.”
CDE’s new headquarters features the latest technology to maximize the creativity and productivity of staff. Importantly, the new space will support collaboration and team-working, which is crucial to delivering the new ideas, products, and innovations that will drive CDE’s future growth.