Co-founder of Rapid International Thomas James ( Jim) Lappin has died; he was aged 76.
Jim established Rapid International originally as Craigavon Engineering in 1969 alongside the late Robert (Bertie) Pickering and together they created a business that today continues to be a leading manufacturer in its industry across the globe.
Jim up until recently had still been involved in the Tandragee, Co Armagh based business and he will be sadly missed by the whole Rapid family.
The company originally manufactured agricultural equipment out of a humble domestic garage, not more than 7m x 4m. Later in the early 1970’s, Craigavon Engineering moved into larger premises and diversified into the manufacturing of plant and equipment for the ready mixed and pre cast concrete industries.
On commencement of exporting in 1984, the Craigavon Engineering name was dropped and the company became known as ‘Rapid’. Today, with a presence in more than twenty countries worldwide via an ever expanding international dealer network, Rapid is a trusted partner to a wide variety of customers ranging from multinational construction groups to small concrete producers.
Jim is survived by his wife Bessie, his son Mark (the company’s current Managing Director), daughters Gillian and Allison, daughter-in-law Elaine, sons-in-law Ken and Keith, grandchildren and the whole extended Lappin family.