This time last year, Longford’s Henry Vaughan and Peter Walsh were staring at an uncertain and decidedly murky financial future.
The collapse of the local construction sector effectively ended Henry’s 15 year ‘Lightworks’ business in both Longford and Mullingar almost overnight.
Now, 12 months on, the pair couldn’t be more optimistic about the future after setting up a new fire safety business model.
The idea revolves around the use of a fire safety mask which, according to Mr Vaughan, has yet to really take hold domestically.
“We were both out of work and it was when my wife’s homeplace burned down that we started looking around for fire escape ladders,” said Mr Vaughan.
Upon further research, the duo, who are also brothers-in-law, uncovered a potentially lucrative niche affecting the use of fire escape masks.
“When we investigated further, we found this life saving device was used extensively in other countries especially the likes of Asia,” he said.
For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.