Midland Karting, Longford
Midland Karting is located in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford and is acknowledged as one of the finest karting facilities in the country. The track plays host to a number of professional karting events and played host to the 2009 Irish Karting Championship.
Tom McLoughlin, owner of Midland Karting, is an innovative and creative operator who is always looking at trends in the industry with a view to developing new business channels and additional revenue streams. In May 2012, Tom met with Longford Community Resources Ltd and enquired into the possibility of securing grant aid assistance to install ten state-of-the-art racing car simulators. The simulators in question offer bespoke high spec software, whilst all of the pods and associated equipment have been specifically designed in line with the precise requirements of the promoter.
Tom was successful in his application and received grant aid at a rate of 50% towards the purchase cost of the simulators. The simulator racing facility has now been completed and is truly a first of its kind; it offers integrated team and individual racing options, all on multi-screen, spacious racing pods.
Midland Karting already employed 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff whose jobs will be sustained with this funding. Tom expects to create an additional 2 full-time and 2 part-time jobs over the coming years, as a result of this exciting new adventure facility.