Over 2,000 people turned up to tour Abbey Machinery’s newly-opened manufacturing facility in Toomevara, Co Tipperary, Ireland, recently. Situated on a 30-acre (12ha) site, the new 100,000sq.ft. (9,300sq.m.) production facility provides several lines for the company’s slurry and manure handling, grassland management and animal feeding equipment. New features and equipment includes enhanced laser and plasma cutting facilities, semi-automated robotic welding and a state-of-the-art sand blasting and paint plant. The facility also provides an extra 35% warehouse capacity for Abbeys Q Parts business. Abbey Machinery was established by the Cavanagh family in 1947, and special guest at the official opening ceremony was Mary Cavanagh who co-founded the company with her husband Joe. “We were delighted to have been able to be joined by our network of dealers from around the world for this very special event,” said managing director Clodagh Cavanagh. “It was very touching that my grandmother Mary was able make it to the opening and to cut the ribbon.” The new plant was officially opened by EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, who said Abbey Machinery is an innovative, dynamic and forward-looking company, with a history soaked in agricultural engineering.