An Urlingford company has teamed up with a Roscommon firm in a €3.2 million deal, and the pairing up of the two businesses also links two celebrated GAA players.
The newly announced partnership sees Shane Curran, former inter-county goalkeeper for Roscommon and managing director of Global Flood Solutions, team up with The MW Hire Group, the Kilkenny plant and pump hire company headed by Matty Walsh, 1993 All-Ireland winner with the Kilkenny senior hurlers.
With the deal, Global Flood Solutions will supply The MW Hire Group with its Big Bags Defence System exclusively for three years in Ireland. The multi-purpose defence barrier, which is primarily used to protect from flooding, is used worldwide where the system has been identified for use by major NGOs in disaster relief and within the oil industry.
“It fits perfectly with our products and we’ve already had demand for it from our existing clients, where it was recently identified for use in a large weir development,” Mr Walsh said. “We’ve also recently supplied major infrastructure projects along the Panama Canal and to Abu Dhabi (and) I envisage similar projects will require the system in the future.”
Global Flood Solutions has already received interest from the National Roads Authority and Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) to protect road and rail networks, as well as the Office of Public Works in relation to river and canal deployment.
Each system of Big Bags Defence System consists of five robust water repellent polypropylene bags that can be deployed and filled within two minutes. The system can be used for flood defence and water clearance, coastal erosion, cofferdams, and levees/dykes.
The MW Hire Group was established by Matty Walsh in 1992 and now has offices in County Kilkenny and London. A current expansion programme is due to see the company open four new offices over the coming year in Manchester, London, Berlin and Warsaw, in order to assist their growing network of European clients, most notably Siemens, where they are working on renewable-energy projects.
The company recently won an Excellence in Business Award 2011, which are given annually by Public Sector Magazine, where they were ‘outright winners’ in the “Plant Hire and Sales” sector.