PwC appointed administrators to Williams Industrial Services

Stephen Cave and Toby Underwood, partners at PwC, have been appointed joint administrators to Williams Industrial Services, a County Antrim engineering firm, with the loss of 145 jobs 

Mallusk-based Williams Industrial Services was established in 1983 and is one of Ireland's largest providers of environmental engineering solutions, specialising in water-treatment and anaerobic digestion technologies.

The company employed 145 staff and had an annual turnover of around £50m.

The company was placed into administration after it ran out of funds due to a number of contractual disputes.

Tot Technical NI Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Industrial Services, employing 15 people and trading from adjacent premises, is set to go into liquidation.

Cave said: ‘The company ran into a number of commercial issues on some of its key contracts in recent months, culminating in contractual disputes which had a significant and adverse impact on trading cashflow.’

Williams Industrial Services chairman John Toner, said: ‘Having explored all possible rescue options, it is with deep regret that the directors have had to take steps to have the company placed into administration.’

Report by Amy Austin

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