About us


Formed in 1989 by Gerard Muckian. Original company size 4000 sq ft premises with 8 Staff. Installed our first complete 300 per hour lamb slaughtering line at Kepak Hacketstown in 1991. Installed our first 50 per hour beef slaughtering system at Irish Country Meats, Ballyhaunis in 1994. Carried out our first overseas contracts in Iceland in 1996.

Purchased Abachem Engineering in 1999. In doing so we acquired our own brand of aluminium bi-rail. Completed first Turnkey/Greenfield project for St Merryn Meats at MerthyrTydfil in 2001. Achieved ISO 9002 accreditation in 2002. In 2002, designed and built 2500 lamb capacity pre-chiller for Dungannon Meats: This is the largest of its kind in Europe.

The last recent years GM Steel Fabricators realized a fast growth and significant development in new beef&lamb processing technologies. Several large projects have been implemented all over the world and many repeating orders from existing customers. Because of the increasing number of projects GM Steel has build two new and modern production halls and one of these is fully dedicated for stainless steel with the most modern equipment like laser cutting.

European Regional Development Fund

A grant for a Key Manager has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund in  2016.
Project Description: A Key Manager has been co-funded in this company by the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Ireland under the Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Aims: To recruit a Key Manager who will bring skills into the Company that are critical to the future growth.
Results: The Key Manager commenced employment and is contributing to improvements in company productivity and to changes in output to meet defined market requirements.

More info on The role of the Key Manager

A Research and Development Grant has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund in  2014 under the Research and Development Fund.
Project Description:  The Project was to develop a number of prototype automation equipment / units suitable for the abattoir industry.

Aims: The aim was to develop equipment that could perform the harder dangerous tasks within the abattoir similar to humans and at a sustainable rate.
Results: The project has resulted in the development of, several prototype units, but not as yet for general sale as the prototypes require additional refinements.

New project development: R & D Revenue Grant

Project Description:

Development of a number of “prototype automation equipment” for the abattoir industry.


  • To develop a series of automated or semi automated units that when introduced into a lamb / sheep  slaughtering scenario will increase productivity and operative safety
  • The unit will have the capacity to operate at 400 to 600 carcases per hour
  • To increase competitive advantage within international markets through a new range of products
  • To meet International Food Quality Standards
  • Further develop staff skills within the R & D framework


Specific equipment has been developed and is undergoing field trials.

Field trials at present indicate that the prototypes require additional refinements to be successful in the stated aims.



Contact us


GM Steel is located at Coes Road, Industrial Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland.
This is midway between Dublin and Belfast on the M1. Abachem Engineering Ltd is located at Jessop Way, Newark, Notts, England.
This is easily reached from the A1.

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Our clients

  • Dungannon Meats Group
  • Dawn Meats Group
  • St Merryn Meats Group
  • Anglo Group (ABP and AIBP)
  • Kepak Group
  • Welsh Country Foods.