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Castlecool one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies

by Andrew Shortt

Castlecool, Ireland’s largest independent Temperature Control and Logistics company has requalified as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme 2011.

Winner of a prestigious Deloitte Best Managed Company award in 2010, Castlecool has been awarded for the second year running for demonstrating superior business performance at its three sites in Castleblayney, Lough Egish and Dundalk.

“We are delighted to be recognised again this year for our performance, especially given the challenging year that it has been in business, said Paul Shortt, managing director, Castlecool.
“This award is very welcome. It’s a real credit to all the hard work and dedication from our team over the past year and we are now looking forward to the year ahead.”

Founded and managed by Paul Shortt, Castlecool has a solid customer base in Ireland comprising of major food and beverage companies in the dairy and retail food sectors, North as well as South. Services range from temperature controlled warehousing (chilled, frozen and ambient) through to distribution in Ireland, the UK and internationally. Castlecool currently has a warehousing capacity of 285,000 sq. ft. along with 44, 500 pallet spaces, and is looking to expand into new industries that require Temperature Control warehousing such as the Pharmaceutical industry.

Commenting at the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards ceremony last Friday, which was held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Pat Cullen, managing partner of Deloitte and judging panel member said, “Despite the negative sentiment that currently prevails, the Best Managed Companies Awards Programme shows that Irish indigenous companies are a cornerstone of growth in the Irish economy and can and will play an important role in Ireland’s overall recovery. For proof of this, you need look no further than this year’s winners.”

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective.