Cavan is renowned for its past record of achievement in the building and building materials sectors, as well as engineering and added value food production.
Achievements to-date by the county’s key companies clearly illustrate that Cavan is well endowed with the highest calibre entrepreneurs and that Irish owned companies are successful and innovative players in a competitive global marketplace.
Food in Ireland has taken on a far higher profile in recent years. Cavan has a proud tradition in agricultural production and the ready supply of local quality primary produce has spawned the growth of food businesses across the county.
Lakeland Dairies, based in County Cavan, is Ireland’s second largest dairy processing co-operative, processing about one billion litres of quality milk annually into a range of value-added dairy foodservice products and food ingredients, and exporting to 70 countries worldwide. Glanbia plc is an international nutritional solutions and cheese group, headquartered in Ireland with one of its production facilities, Glanbia Ingredients, based in the County of Cavan.
Artisan food production continues to flourish with local producers making quality speciality foods for domestic and international markets. Cavan food producers are at the forefront of innovative food processing techniques engaging with all local and national support agencies and the third level sector. The annual Taste of Cavan food festival showcases all that Cavan has to offer from its most entrepreneurial food producers.
Cavan has a long established reputation for engineered products produced to meet the exacting needs of an international client base. From precision engineering (PQE Technology), to process control systems (EMCA), to the latest in agricultural machinery (Mastek), and machine tools parts (Abcon Industrial Products), these companies are forging ahead to provide innovative engineering solutions to grow and sustain their business and that of their clients.
International leaders in the building products industry are located in the county. The Kingspan Group, headquartered in Kingscourt, County Cavan, is a world leading manufacturer of sustainable products for the construction industry. Other established building products companies that are expanding their reach into global markets include Airpacks Ltd, Quinn Therm and Ballytherm Ltd.
From insurance (Liberty Insurance) to international trade consultants (Crannagh & Co.), and suppliers of wind energy services (Optinergy), there is a growing internationally traded services economy supported by an ever-improving broadband and communications infrastructure within the county.