New joins Joanne Higgins and Nigel Evans mark the start of a major recruitment drive by Apeer DoorsNorthern Ireland based manufacturer Apeer doors is set to take on an additional 40 to 60 new staff over the next six months to meet booming orders for its new MODO collection.

First on board in the major recruitment drive – which will cover all levels and all areas of the business – are regional sales manager Nigel Evans and IT programmer Joanne Higgins.

“Orders have been pouring in since we launched MODO at the FIT show in April,” said md Asa McGillian. “We now need a significant level of extra resource to meet the increased level of demand.”

Nigel has worked in the doors and windows sector since 1977 and his extensive experience includes a spell in the insulation industry. After starting as a salesman for a major window company he moved in to selling window profiles and more recently worked in windows hardware.

Based at Bromley in Kent, Nigel will work as Apeer’s south-east regional sales manager.

Joanne Higgins joins the Apeer head office team in Ballymena with five years’ experience as an IT programmer. She said: “IT and technology has progressed dramatically over the last few years. Apeer is investing in such technologies which makes it an exciting and interesting place to work.”

Apeer has also appointed two new production managers along with a number of supervisors and factory floor operatives.

Said marketing manager Linda Tomb: “As well as recruiting additional staff due to unprecedented order demands, we have also assigned an experienced technical manager to a full time training role to ensure new employees are given all the support and help that they need to skill up across the business.”

The increase in business follows Apeer’s hugely successful launch of its latest Diamond Doors and all-new Apeer MODO collections, both supported with new brochures and a stand at the FIT show.

Said Asa: “From an employment perspective it represents a significant investment for us, but the increased level of business coming in to the factory means we need to staff up to meet the demand. We are also embarking on a major training programme over the next six months with the aim of upskilling our existing employees.”