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Modern Tyres Cut the Ribbon on New £5.5 million Manufacturing Facility

The Modern Tyres annual conference at Killeavy Castle just outside Newry held on 14th January was the first time in two years that the company has been able to bring its staff together.

It was also an opportunity to hold the official opening of their new manufacturing facility in Carnbane.

While undoubtedly it was a cause for celebration as the members of the Byrne family gathered to cut the ribbon on the company’s   new £5.5 million, 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Carnbane, Newry. It was also a time for reflection for them.

Just over six months ago their father and company founder Jimmy Byrne sadly passed away. While a source of sadness that he wasn’t present to witness the company’s latest massive step his input into the planning of the project is clear to see.

Jimmy founded Modern Tyres in 1965, starting with a single tyre depot, today the company has grown to 48 branches and in turn Irelands largest independent tyre retailers employing over 200 people.

The latest steps being taken by the business are significant ones. The new 100,000 square foot facility in Newry has created a new division for the business  specialising in tyre and rim assembly bringing an additional 25 new jobs to the workforce.

Speaking at the official opening Director Rory Byrne said “the new facility will improve efficiencies within the family run company, allowing Modern Tyres to provide a complete end-to end service. Our new purpose – built manufacturing facility will allow our business to grow capitalising on new opportunities in export markets.”


Michael Savage Chairman of Newry and Mourne District Council added “As Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council I was delighted to attend the official opening of Modern Tyres, new division, Modern Wheel Solutions.  

This 100,000 square foot  purpose built facility in Carnbane Business Park, Newry is testimony to the Byrne’s family long standing investment in Newry and District.  Modern Tyres  is a successful local business which now has 48 depots across the Island. I am delighted they have chosen Newry as their strategic distribution centre.  I wish them every success for the future.”

Pictured, Newry and District Council Chairman Michael Lynch with L-R Shane Byrne, Ronan Byrne, James Byrne, Siobhan Byrne, Connor Byrne and Rory Byrne at the Official opening of the Modern Tyres facility in Newry.




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