During his visit, Mr Hammond was briefed on a number of strategically significant projects that Drumgrange is involved in and saw the work being undertaken by the company; designing, building and supporting sonar, communications and tactical systems for use by the British Armed Forces.
Following his visit to the company, Mr Hammond said:
"I keep hearing how difficult it is for small and medium-sized companies to sell their products and services to the MoD, so I came here as Defence Secretary to see how a family-owned business in my own constituency has done it."
"Drumgrange is a successful business based on a skilled and dedicated workforce, supplying cutting-edge technical solutions to Britain's Armed Forces. The company sells 85% of its output to the MoD.
"I am delighted to have had an opportunity to hear about what Drumgrange does and how it has achieved that success - and to see an example, close to home, of how hundreds of small British companies are helping to protect our national security."
Managing Director of Drumgrange, George Howe, said:
"We were extremely pleased to be able to host the Secretary of State today and for the opportunity to discuss with him the wide variety of strategic projects we provide to the MoD. This year we have had a number of contract wins on projects for the UK Ministry of Defence, fought hard against Prime Contractors many times our size. The new contracts contribute to the on-going success of the business and will provide job security for our staff."
The visit was arranged through Defence Matters, the Defence Industries Council's campaign to promote the impact the thousands of small and medium sized companies, working in the UK defence industry, have on local economies up and down the country.
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012