Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies were named the winners of the Best in Innovation Award and Laois Business of the Year Award at the 2022 Laois Business Awards that was held in The Heritage Hotel in Killenard, on the 4TH of November.

Midland Steel was founded by Managing director Tony Woods in 1998.

There are 265 employees in Midland Steel, between, Mountmellick, London, Bishop Auckland, Motherwell and Norway.

Midland Steel have strived to generate employment, be sustainable and support the local economy. Midland Steel have carried out many high-profile projects in both Ireland and the UK, in various sectors, including commercial and residential, infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceutical, and marine.

Midland Steel have developed, invented and patented the fastest steel fixing process in the world with FasterFix.

In 2008, a depot in Motherwell was opened, in 2010 a further depot was opened in London and in 2011, one in Sunderland was opened. By then, the employee numbers had grown from 80 to 145. Most recently in 2021, Midland Steel expanded to Norway bringing the employee count to 265.

Corporate social responsibility within Laois is very important to Midland Steel, as they promote and sponsor many local charities and sporting organisations.

Midland Steel sponsor the local Paralympian Gary O’Reilly, who recently won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Fuji.

Gary O’Reilly, Paralympian

Innovation and sustainability are carried out daily throughout the business. This is very important to Tony.

Supporting local homeless charities as well as National Children’s Hospitals, Midland Steel also promote the wellbeing of the youth in our community through involvement and sponsorship of GAA at underage levels.

Recently, Midland Steel partnered with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board to give school leavers and individuals the opportunity to gain skills and training through apprenticeships. This would give these individuals the experience they need for the world of work and provide them with many opportunities.