Dixon Contractors, a building firm based in County Antrim, has been placed into administration, putting around 90 jobs at risk
Established in 1979, Dixon Contractors is a family business, comprising of three divisions – Dixons Construction, Dixons Homes and Dixons Facades.
The company employs around 90 people across the UK and Ireland.
Commenting on Dixons Contractors entering administration, Construction Employers Federation, managing director John Armstrong, said: “The news of this latest high profile administration within the industry will come as a major and unwelcome shock.
“Dixons Contractors have been a well-known name in the local market for approximately 40 years and, given their wide range of interests and expertise across social and private housing as well education, health and commercial projects, their administration will be a sizeable loss to the marketplace.
“As we have said before, the challenge of achieving sustainability in the construction market remains. Low margins, insufficient pipelines of activity for the bulk of mid-sized contractors and at times difficult relationships between clients and contractors are in no-one’s interests. It is extremely regrettable that we are, yet again, having to issue a statement like this”.
In comments to the Belfast Telegraph, Sinn Fein MLA Phillip McGuigan said that the news was a “major blow” to the economy in North Antrim.
McGuigan said: “Dixons have been a major employer and contributor to the local area over many decades and this news has been met with shock and disappointment.
“My thoughts are with the workforce who will obviously feel this terrible blow the greatest.”