NEWS: €4 million investment

Heat Merchants Group announces €4 million investment in its branch network and the creation of 75 new jobs. 

Group committed to provision of innovative support services to customers and driving highest standards in heating, plumbing and renewable sectors Athlone, Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Heat Merchants Group, the largest suppliers of heating, plumbing and home improvement materials to the professional and retail markets in Ireland, today (Tuesday 08.05.18) announces the creation of up to 75 new jobs in a €4 million investment programme that will see the opening of nine new Heat Merchants branches, and four additional Tubs & Tiles showrooms over the next three years.

This investment will increase the Heat Merchant Group’s branch network to 56 throughout the country and will increase its total workforce to 358. Heat Merchants Group is also increasing its central distribution and business support centre in Athlone with the addition of an extra 20,000 square feet of warehousing which will extend its capacity to service its expanded branch network.

Heat Merchants Group is commencing a recruitment drive immediately to attract new colleagues into its expanded branch network and fill a range of other roles across its business.

Heat Merchants Group is a wholly owned Irish company which came into being when the Heat Merchants and Tubs & Tiles businesses were acquired following the liquidation of BHT Group in 2012. Following a €3.5 million capital investment and restructuring programme, the Group has consolidated its position as leaders in the heating and plumbing supplies and home refurbishment market in Ireland.

Announcing its investment and expansion plans, Heat Merchants Group Managing Director, Alan Hogan said: “The last five years have seen the addition of 82 new employees, the opening of several new branches and the extensive renovation and rebranding of our existing branch infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement marks an exciting next phase in our growth strategy which has been a key driver for the business over the last 5 years. We are focused on providing an excellent service to our customers in both the construction and retail segments. Our new branches will be situated in locations that will offer convenience and expert advice and service to our customers, reducing their travel times to pick up vital products or spare parts wherever they are working.”

Mr. Hogan said: “In responding to the changes in building regulations and legislation within the industry, and the huge advancements in technology available to the heating industry, our management team recognised the need to innovate in extending the range of support services available to customers at Heat Merchants. This has resulted in the provision of a design service and advice to customers through the unique Heat Merchants ‘Design Hub’ which has a technical team of engineers and designers bringing the latest innovations in heating and construction to our customers, providing an array of vital services including technical design, commissioning, certification, installer training and after sales support.”

Mr. Hogan said: “Our investments in the network, our people, an extended range of services and, undoubtedly, a buoyant market have resulted in the group delivering consistently high operating and financial performance which creates the platform for the next phase of growth.”

 

About Heat Merchants Group

Heat Merchants Group is a wholly Irish owned company trading as Heat Merchants and Tubs & Tiles. The group has 31 Heat Merchants branches and 12 Tubs & Tiles showrooms supported by a central warehouse and distribution hub based in Athlone. The Group’s business support services and technical design hub are based in offices in Athlone and Balbriggan.

Heat Merchants supplies a comprehensive portfolio of heating, plumbing and renewable energy solutions for both domestic and commercial projects. Technical services include heating system design and specification, commissioning, ancillary certification, after-sale service and installer training.

Tubs & Tiles is Ireland’s largest importer of Italian and Spanish tiles and an extensive range of quality bathroom ware and furniture from renowned international designers. Tubs & Tiles commercial division also caters to the multi-residential, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors.

To learn more about job opportunities at Heat Merchants, please email recruitment@heatmerchants.ie

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