Less than a year had elapsed when Hugh was contacted by his former employers and asked if he could mould some small products for them as their own capacity was maxed out, and they could not keep up with customer demand. Realising that this was where his passion lay, Hugh went to the bank, secured a loan to purchase two 25T moulding machines, and then set these up in a small building behind the wood joinery in September 1977.
With his first customer being his old employer, so Embankment Plastics was born. There were very few independent moulders around at the time, and as Hugh had such a good reputation in the industry it did not take long for orders from other customers to start coming in the door.
Over the next twenty one years, Hugh and his wife Joan oversaw the development and growth of the two separate businesses…Embankment Joinery & Embankment Plastics, bringing his sons into the business also from quite an early age.
By this time Embankment Plastics had reached full capacity, and yet the demand for their products and services continued to grow, and so they began looking for a newer and larger premises. Continuing to reinvest into the business, they purchased a plot of land in 1998 on the outskirts of Blessington in Co Wicklow, to house Embankment Plastics and upon which the current facility is now located.
Hugh’s son Barry had become a full-time member of staff at Embankment Plastics by 1991, and he had the same passion for moulding and design as his father. It was inevitable that Barry would take over the reins of the business when Hugh retired shortly after the move to Blessington was completed.
Since Hugh’s retirement in 2007, Barry, alongside his business partner Jacqueline Tyrrell, has overseen an exponential growth in the business, and now Embankment Plastics is recognised as one of the most reputable independent manufacturers within the moulding industry worldwide, with a sizeable customer base and high satisfaction rating second to none.
“Over many years we have gained a lot of experience and knowledge that all our customers now benefit from. We have maintained our independence, providing end-to-end solutions, with industry leading in-house expertise and capacity for rapid decision making. This means we can minimise your time to market with quality guaranteed, something I am proud to stand over.”
“People trust and work with us for good reason. For over 40 years, we have delivered ground-breaking solutions in injection moulding for customers throughout Ireland. As one of Ireland’s largest, independent injection moulding companies, we are very agile and responsive, giving our customers greater flexibility, and this is something we have worked very hard to ensure.”