Longford firm supplying Caribbean island

Finished product almost ready for shipping

Longford firm supplying Caribbean island
By Patrick Conboy

A Longford-based company has been contracted to supply a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant to the Caribbean island of Montserrat as part of major rebuilding works there.

Butler Manufacturing Services (BMS), which is owned by businessman and county councillor Seamus Butler, will be despatching the plant at this end of this month.

“A volcano erupted a number of years ago and destroyed a considerable part of the island, so the people there had to move,” Cllr Butler said. “It's for the Montserrat Utility Company and it will be shipped out next week.

“It's one of our Blivet Package Sewage Treatment Plants, which is the most compact 'all-in-one' treatment plant in the world – it can fit into a container. It can be installed in half a day because it is designed ready to go, or what the Americans call 'plug and play',”

Cllr Butler explained that the product's uniqueness has attracted orders from across the globe.

“Between 2004 and 2006 we supplied some to the US military for Camp Victory and their other bases in Iraq. The Blivet was the only plant that could do what they wanted,” he revealed. “Last month we exported two units to a Médecins Sans Frontières facility in the Central African Republic. We've also supplied three or four to Guadaloupe in recent years and to Reunion and other islands in the Indian Ocean.”

BMS is 20 years in business this year and during that time has exported products to more than 40 countries.

“We've gone through some tough times domestically and so we're looking more and more to the export market,” Cllr Butler said. “It's good to be able to fly the flag for Longford in the Caribbean.”