Joe Bonnar Metal Craft’s reputation for exceptional products means that as much as 30% of their products go for export – mainly to USA and Canada; their carefully crafted and well-designed metalwork features in hotels, pubs, restaurants, and public buildings all over the world. Actor Brendan Gleeson, Tour de France winner Stephen Roche, Westlife singer Shane Filan and Chef Gordon Ramsay are among the well-known personalities who have employed the Letterkenny firm to make unique pieces for their respective homes.
Joe Bonnar Metal Craft is constantly moving with the times and 2020 saw them pivot to offer social distancing screens for the workplace. Mark Patton has worked at Joe Bonnar Metal Craft since 1993 when he did work experience there. He is now tasked with the day to day running of the business and credits the relationship with Donegal Local Enterprise Office in aiding the company’s growth:
We found that suddenly we had a stream of information about supports for business that we just weren’t aware of before. We got to know about financial assistance for companies who are investing in machinery and we received grant assistance towards purchasing a new machine that we required for a few years. For us, getting that machine meant that we could tender for work that we previously would not have tendered for; it also gave us the option of introducing new products to the market.
Joe Bonnar Metal Craft was also a member of the engineering Profitnet group run through Donegal Local Enterprise Office, as Mark explains: “We all worked closely together as a group, sharing information and helping each other where we could. It also allowed for opportunities to collaborate and co-operate; for instance, we were sending a lot of work to Limerick for laser cutting but through Profitnet, we met James Cuddihy of Welditz in Carndonagh who offers that service, so now we send our work there. We are keeping money in the county and hopefully jobs in the county as a result. Having access to guidance from Donegal Local Enterprise Office has been invaluable for our business.” Mark adds.
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