OBE business a real ‘gold mine’

Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson with Darryl Hylands ' OBE Managing Director and staff beside the trailer destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo. INLM1612-805con
Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson with Darryl Hylands ' OBE Managing Director and staff beside the trailer destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo. INLM1612-805con

DONAGHCLONEY agricultural business OBE is something of a ‘gold mine’ since striking a new business contract.

OBE specialise in the design, development and manufacturing of agricultural trailers, attachments for materials handling and waste disposal and have recently secured a lucrative contract to supply a specialist trailer to a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo for use on the Twangiza Project.

The company was founded by Darryl and Beverley Hylands in 2011 and has its roots firmly planted in the agricultural industry with four generations of the Hylands family involved in farming over one hundred years.

Mr Hylands said “The agri engineering side of the business has grown rapidly over the past few years with the past three months turnover having exceeded last years total and we seem set to exceed 250 trailers this year along with loader attachments and incinerators.”

Ulster Unionist MLA and Agriculture spokesperson Jo-Anne Dobson, who recently visited the Donaghcloney based company, said: “OBE are a fantastic example of a successful local agricultural export company.

“They have exported their custom-made trailers and incinerators across the world to countries including Iraq, Poland, Hungary and Vietnam.

“I was delighted to meet with Darryl Hylands, OBE’s Managing Director and his staff to see at first-hand their skilled workmanship.

“I was pleased to hear about their new contract to supply a trailer to a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and hope that this will only be the beginning of another successful business relationship for this company.

“OBE are a prime example of a local company which has over the years quietly built up successful global relationships. “They reflect all that is good about the Northern Ireland Agricultural Industry and are proof that quality workmanship and experience are a winning formula for business success.

“OBE have plenty of room for expansion at their present site and with twenty full time employees are already contributing significantly to the local economy.

“I will be getting in contact with Invest NI to see what additional support can be provided to enable OBE to continue to grow and expand their export business.”