Earls Engineering Ltd recently celebrated their 30th anniversary so Irish Tractor & Agri felt it was time for a catch up with the Galway firm. Office Manager John Leahy was able to fill us in on what has been going on with the company as of late.
Things are busy at Earls Engineering Ltd these days and the challenge lately for the Athenry-based company has been trying to keep up with the demand from its clients.
It’s a good complaint to have and one which founder John Earls would have happily taken when he first formed the business back in 1986.
Since that time, Earls Engineering has become a major leading force in the fabrication of steel frame buildings not only in Co Galway but also across the country.
The company is nicely situated just off the M6 motorway in Kiltullagh, Athenry, Co Galway and over the last 31 years it has expanded its services. It now specializes in the fabrication and fitting of steel frame buildings sheeted with single skin metal cladding, fibre cement and double skin composite panel insulated roofing.
The expansion has ushered Earls Engineering Ltd into the agri industry in a big way, as employee John Leahy was able to explain when Irish Tractor & Agri caught up with him recently.
“We’re in Brackloon, Kiltullagh in Athenry and the company has been established since 1986,” he explained
“Altogether there are five staff working here and I’m the Office Manager. I’ve been working here since 1994. John Earls is Managing Director of the company.
“Basically what we do here is make steel frame buildings for a range of different clients, whether it be for a farm building, equine sheds or a stand for a pitch.”
The origins of the business date back to a time when John Earls first cut his teeth in steel frame building.
John Leahy explained that went the time came for John to start up his own venture he wouldn’t stray too far from home.
“John would have started out in Fahy Engineering here in Athenry, Galway and then took the initiative to form his own company in 1986,” he stated.
“The business is still beside the Earls family home and from there they concentrated on steel work before eventually getting into farm buildings. The company expanded after that around ’07 or ’08.”
All of the steelwork fabricated at Earls Engineering Ltd is fabricated in the company workshop by a highly skilled and experienced team of welders with a CE Standard as required.
The company has been supplying buildings to the agricultural industry nationwide, including but not limited to Slatted Houses, Dairy Units, Piggeries and Sheep Housing Units.
Earls Engineering Ltd also has extensive dealings in the equine industry with riding arenas, horse stables and horse walkers supplied and fitted nationwide.
They have also installed warehousing and spectator stands for GAA clubs and soccer clubs, along with workshops and buildings for storage purposes.
At the moment, business is on the pick-up, according to John, who’s confident in things staying that way for the time being.
“Business is good. Things would have really picked up here since last September,” said the Office Manager.
“We’ve built the stables for (racehorse trainer) Gordon Elliott and have basically been with him since he opened the new yard. We recently covered a swimming pool for his horses.”
When it comes to the sport of horse racing, it’s safe to say that anything is possible and the work which Earls Engineering Ltd carried out for National Hunt racehorse trainer Elliott saw them traveling over to his native Meath on a daily basis.
While the primary portion of the company’s work is along the western seaboard, they’ve also made regular trips to Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Wicklow in the past for different projects.
The fact they also offers a re-roofing service for their clients, makes it hard for Earls Engineering Ltd’s many clients to look elsewhere and, as John explained, repeat business has been a huge aspect of the company’s success down through the years.
“We get a lot of repeat business from our customers and they’re happy to come back to us for more projects, so we’re doing something right.
“We will only use the best materials for our jobs here and we always make sure to make sure that the job is done to the highest standard and CE Certified Standard.”
With regards to regular clients, the company have completed numerous grant aided projects in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture over the years.
The list of satisfied clients speaks for itself. So whether its agri, equine, recreation, commercial buildings, storage or workshops you need, look no further than Earls Engineering Ltd in Kiltullagh.
Earls Engineering Ltd
Tel: 091 848 111
E-mail: [email protected]
Taken from Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 5 No 4, June 2017