The McAvoy siblings are going back to their roots with a new modular building start-up


The former directors of Co Tyrone-based modular construction group McAvoy have announced a £500,000 investment in a new modular building start-up.

Conor McAvoy and his sister Orla McAvoy-Corr left the former family business in April 2021, just over a year after it was acquired by London private equity firm Blantyre Capital.

The construction company was founded in 1972 by her late father, Seamus McAvoy, and has operated in the Coalisland and Dungannon area for nearly 50 years.

Seamus McAvoy was assassinated by the IRA in Dublin in 1985 as part of a campaign against civilian contractors who allegedly supplied material to the security services.

Originally based on Derryvale Road in Coalisland, McAvoy moved to a new factory on Ballynakilly Road in 1993.

The group’s new owners sold their headquarters in December 2020 to former GAA All-Star turned engineering entrepreneur Kevin McCabe. McAvoy continues to operate from its base in Lisburn.

Seamus McAvoy’s children have now returned to Derryvale Road to open their new shop.

Mac Zero has been in operation since June 2021 and today employs 14 people. But it is poised to expand rapidly, with £500,000 invested in refurbishing and expanding its manufacturing facility, purchasing new machinery, new vehicles, creating and developing the Mac Zero brand and installing a new IT system to support it growing business.

The start-up already has a number of significant deals, including securing a framework with the Department of Education.

“We’ve returned to our roots on Derryvale Road and since Orla and I started Mac Zero last year, we’ve been honored to have the support of our business partners based on our years of modular building expertise,” said Conor McAvoy.

He said they remain committed to continuing their father’s legacy of creating quality spaces through innovative manufacturing and exceptional service.

“Mid-Tyrone is known for its highly skilled workforce and we are excited to have construction professionals who are leaders in their fields join the business.

“Creating local jobs, generating business for suppliers and supporting our community is a core value of the company and reflects the family values ​​we bring to Mac Zero.”

Orla McAvoy-Corr added, “With over 50 years combined modular construction experience, Conor and I are building a business built on our strengths, creating a company that is agile, personable and with exceptional customer service at its heart. In less than a year we have already reached some important milestones that we are very proud of.

“We are passionate about driving the sustainability agenda and in addition to Mac Zero’s framework and growth, we are pleased to have consistently exceeded compliance targets for our customers across Ireland.”


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