The Gael Force group yesterday (Tuesday May 14th) announced further expansion, with the purchase by their subsidiary Gael Force Fusion of the former Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Oban.
The visitor attraction closed in October last year, citing falling visitor numbers as the reason for closure. In January this year, Gael Force acquired Oban-based Fusion Marine, continuing its business as a marine and aquaculture equipment manufacturer, but operating under the new Gael Force Fusion name.
Now Gael Force Fusion has acquired the Oban Sea Life site and premises and is to apply to Argyll and Bute Council for a change of use. They plan to move there from the company’s current location at Barcaldine, bringing their current workforce of 22 and seeking to create a further eight jobs.
Gael Force Group managing director Stewart Graham started his business in Stornoway in 1983 and the creel manufactory on Island Road is still in operation. He is the principal mover behind plans for a world-class Iolaire centre, proposed for Stornoway harbour and in the detailed planning stage.
Of the Oban acquisition yesterday, he said: “This development is another strong signal that the aquaculture sector is playing a leading role in creating sustainable careers and supporting the rural economy”.