Gael Force Fusion, part of the Gael Force Group, has been successful in its bid to acquire the former premises of the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Barcaldine. Land and estate agents Galbraith, who managed the sale on behalf of the seller, says, “this was an extremely sought after site resulting in us setting a closing date and we are delighted with the outcome for our client and that a local business has benefitted. Clearly there is a need for premises like these in this area”.
The Argyll-based marine and aquaculture equipment manufacturer will move from its current location at Barcaldine, leased from Scottish Sea Farms.
By committing to an investment at the former visitor attraction site, Gael Force is supporting their current workforce of 22 highly skilled people in the Oban area and subject to necessary consents will be seeking to create a further 8 jobs.
The new premises will enable Gael Force Fusion to continue with its plans to invest in innovative fish farm pen systems, research and development, technical design and manufacturing - further delivering value to the market in support of their long-standing key customers in Scotland and overseas.
Gael Force Group Managing Director Stewart Graham commented, “This is a clear indication of our commitment to the Argyll region where we will be aiming to regenerate an existing unused business premise to support our continued strategic growth plans and a large programme of work.
He continued, "The positive outcome of our investment is that we are able to support our current workforce, move ahead with our plans for creating further sustainable jobs in Argyll and contribute to the economic stability in the area. This development is another strong signal that the aquaculture sector is playing a leading role in creating sustainable careers and supporting the rural economy”.