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Braun Factory

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  • 08-05-2015 6:09pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭


    I heard on the KCLR news this morning that the Braun factory has been sold, has anyone any clues as to who bought it?
    It would be brilliant news to see a business starting up in it and creating much needed jobs.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 60,503 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    That is good news for the town.
    Carlow could be in line for another significant jobs announcement if another big business can be attracted to the former Braun site.

    It has been confirmed that the site has been bought by a private developer and the IDA has visited in recent weeks to assess plans to develop it.

    Local TD Pat Deering says its more good news for Carlow and that an announcement on it should be made within the next fortnight.


    http://kclr96fm.com/possible-jobs-boost-for-carlow-as-braun-site-purchased

    There was talk last year that Boston Scientific & Stobarts had both viewed the site.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Also word that an investor is buying the old Lapple building to turn it into offices


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    Hopefully something good as it's a fine facility.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Rumor is a Tesco petrol station but I doubt that


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭Bagenal


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Rumor is a Tesco petrol station but I doubt that
    It'd be a fair auld size of a petrol station :eek:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    Bagenal wrote: »
    It'd be a fair auld size of a petrol station :eek:

    I really hope not. That would be a criminal use of a site like this. What's needed is blue chip investment like traded services, pharma, etc.
    not a foreign retailer selling petrol with a havdful of min wage jobs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,503 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    With a TD and IDA name checked in the above quote I'd be hopeful that it is more than a petrol station.

    This is all coming out before the by-election as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,334 ✭✭✭✭fits


    With a TD and IDA name checked in the above quote I'd be hopeful that it is more than a petrol station.

    This is all coming out before the by-election as well.

    So they can show that Carlow hasnt actually been fecked up by years of mismanagement?
    This is great news for Carlow, but there is a long way to go still too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    With a TD and IDA name checked in the above quote I'd be hopeful that it is more than a petrol station.

    This is all coming out before the by-election as well.

    I'm hopeful its something decent too. It's a fairly sound building, doubt it would take huge effort to convert to other uses like manufacturing/office


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    I was informed Amazon looked at it a few years back but it would've cost too much to repurpose the site, as it was so bespoke to Brauns system. Friend of mine was in their Cork office for a few years and was involved in a few of the site investigations


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    I was informed Amazon looked at it a few years back but it would've cost too much to repurpose the site, as it was so bespoke to Brauns system. Friend of mine was in their Cork office for a few years and was involved in a few of the site investigations

    Id say lots have looked at it. Thing it was one of the biggest factory buildings in the country at one state. Cost of converting prob a factor alright. Do the Ida or Braun still own it? What they did with the old Fieldcrest factory was split it up and convert to various units. This seems to have worked out well especially the VHI offices part.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    A big single site owner and employer is what that site needs, and what Carlow needs. More empty office space, not so much


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    A big single site owner and employer is what that site needs, and what Carlow needs. More empty office space, not so much

    Yea but that's hard got though nowadays. Most employment is being created in smaller type investments, like in financial services etc. if the building were split it may be attractive to a whole heap of smaller fishes rather than just one elusive big fish.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Plenty of empty units on o'brien road already


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,686 ✭✭✭tonyheaney


    No chance of say pennies buying it and moving there lol or perhaps some nice high rise flats and apartments??? 2mx2vys.jpg would sort out the housing shortage quite nicely


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Plenty of empty units on o'brien road already

    They're all small commercial
    Type units. Not the high quality type units you could slot a call centre, large office or manufacturing facility into.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Not sure why you'd want to put a manufacturing facility in office spaces? I assume you missed where I said that's what the town needs, not more empty rentable space.

    Latest rumour is a Chinese investment group bought it for a snip but we'll see. I hope it's a EuroCentric office for AliBaba or something, but doubt it


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Not sure why you'd want to put a manufacturing facility in office spaces? I assume you missed where I said that's what the town needs, not more empty rentable space.

    Latest rumour is a Chinese investment group bought it for a snip but we'll see. I hope it's a EuroCentric office for AliBaba or something, but doubt it

    Any idea as to what they want to do with it yet? I'd say it went cheap alright, been on the market fur years now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Was up for 8m last I saw, if they paid more than 5 with a tonne of incentives, I'd be shocked


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Was up for 8m last I saw, if they paid more than 5 with a tonne of incentives, I'd be shocked

    Who owned it? I assume if the IDA owned it they woukdnt have sold it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Braun still owned it I assume


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Braun still owned it I assume

    Know they're a private company and all the rest but I think the miserable whoors could have given it free to Carlow and the IDA, assuming P&G did actually own it...it would be loose change to them and would have been a nice goodwill gesture after many years in Carlow.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Can't see any business doing that


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Can't see any business doing that

    Plenty have when they vacated an industrial site after a long time. Diageo in Kk for example. Good corporate social responsibility or such like.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Well, seems Netwatch bought it.... If you believe the Nationalist, but sounds legit


  • Registered Users Posts: 612 ✭✭✭ForstalDave


    brianblaze wrote: »
    Well, seems Netwatch bought it.... If you believe the Nationalist, but sounds legit

    FG website have it down as a developer having bought it and the IDAmarketing it to clients currently with a view to minor updates being done within a few months


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Well, don't buy the Nationalist I suppose. Might be a site share with another company then, like Stobarts for the warehouse etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,503 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    The Carlow People on it's front page has that Minster Deering confirmed the IDA is making available it's vast knowledge and expertise in terms of marketability of the site for future foreign direct investment.

    The right type of investment and development to ensure maximum job creation.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,686 ✭✭✭tonyheaney


    The Carlow People on it's front page has that Minster Deering confirmed the IDA is making available it's vast knowledge and expertise in terms of marketability of the site for future foreign direct investment.

    The right type of investment and development to ensure maximum job creation.

    The same newspaper aid that Pennies Development was a done deal!!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    tonyheaney wrote: »
    The same newspaper aid that Pennies Development was a done deal!!!

    Get what you pay for with the Carlow People.... Although it is a done deal, just they ain't paying money to develop the site


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