Established more than half a century, P.J. Duffy and Sons Ltd. is a second generation mechanical services contracting company based in Camden St. Dublin. Building Ireland recently caught up with Managing Director Brendan Duffy to learn about its history and growth to where it is today
Founded by P.J. Duffy on September 1st 1967, P.J. Duffy and Sons still remains “a tightly run family business” according to Brendan Duffy.
The late P.J. who passed away in 2002, left the running of the company to his two sons Brendan and Kevin, as well as to Laurie McCluskey who retired 10 years ago.
P.J. Duffy and Sons provides its clients with a complete range of mechanical services and operates mainly in the commercial sector with a mix of public and private work undertaken.
Public works include contracts undertaken for various government departments, HSE, Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana etc.
Current on-going projects include work at the Curragh Army Camp, The Rotunda and Holles Street Maternity Hospitals, Naas General Hospital, Cappagh Hospital, Becton Dickenson in Drogheda, Schlotter Ireland in Newbridge as well as a number of smaller projects.
Brendan has been well and truly immersed in the business and indeed in the industry generally, for the last 38 years.
As well as the day to day running of the business, Brendan is actively involved as a member of the Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Contractors Association and various CIF sub-committees, as well as being a board member of the Construction Industry Register of Ireland.
“We’d regard ourselves as a small to medium tightly run company with an emphasis on producing a quality end product for our clients,” said Brendan.
“We have a highly qualified and skilled workforce of 25 direct employees, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years. We put a lot of emphasis of training and education and we have always engaged and trained more than our fair share of apprentices.”
Brendan feels that the training of apprentices, something that dropped off during the economic downturn, is vital for the health and on-going viability of the industry generally.
Maintaining high standards is also, he feels, critical. The company was one of the first smaller mechanical services companies to achieve registration to ISO9000 in the early 1990’s, and currently holds the ISO9001:2015 standard.
The company was also one of the early registrants of CIRI – the voluntary construction industry register which is expected to become statutory in the near future. The company is also a “Safe-T” registered company and actively engages in safety initiatives within the industry.
The company, over many years has built a reputation for quality work and has established a close relationship with numerous clients.
This, Brendan feels, is the key to the success of the company, and will hopefully see it survive and grow for many years to come.
P.J. Duffy & Sons Ltd.
25 lower Camden St., Dublin 2
Email: [email protected]
Taken from Building Ireland Magazine, November 2018, Vol 4 No 10