Nenagh steelwork company Mack Engineering provided the bridge for a major new infrastructure project at Athy, Co Kildare.
Officially opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the end of last month, the bridge was one element of the €13 million Athy Distributor Road project. It is part of a new 3.4km section of road that crosses the River Barrow and provides a southern bypass of the existing town.
The fabrication and assembly of the beams were carried out by Mack Engineering at the company’s Nenagh base and transported to Kildare where they were re-assembled and installed by the company. Co-directors of Mack Engineering, Hilda Costello and Karl Mackey, were delighted to attend the official opening of the road on October 31 along with other members of the team involved in the project delivery.
It is the latest chapter in the success story of this rapidly-growing Nenagh business, which specialises in everything from the design through to the fabrication, delivery and fitting of often complex steel structures.
Established just over five years ago, and previously based at Martyrs Road, the business relocated last year to its state-of-the-art, custom-built production facility on a four-acre site at Stereame.
Mack Engineering has grown from an initial operation of just four people to employing more than 50. The company also works closely with a number of local subcontractors.
It is involved in major building projects throughout Ireland, and also exports some steel products. Among other notable recent projects is the new Cllr Dan Joe Fitzgerald Boardwalk in Mallow, Co Cork, which was completed last year. The Nenagh company is presently assembling the steel components of all six bridges for the Limerick-Foynes railway line, which is to reopen for freight transport next year.
Mack Engineering also provides the structures for hospitals, schools and pharmaceutical plants around the country; another recently-completed project was the new Limerick Educate Together Secondary School at Castletroy, and also Edwards Life Sciences in Shannon.
The extent to which this new Nenagh business has come in such a short time has been recognised as they continue to work on and deliver on key projects around the country, including the new Eli Lilly factory in Limerick and several data centres in the Dublin region.