In 1981 Piltown GAA started the Hurlers Co-Op Draw and annually gave money to projects within the community.They ran a Start Your Own Business Competition. The response was so positive that in 1987 it was decided by the committee to donate €50,000 towards job creation in the Piltown Parish. Recognising the need for employment in recessionary times a group of people drawn from various organisations and businesses within the community embarked on a self-help project in 1988 to create local jobs. As a result Piltown Community Enterprise (PCE) was born. ,
PCE is a non-profit Limited Company with a board of directors who give up their time freely and willingly for the purpose of creating employment opportunities, within Piltown Parish.
The Fiddown Enterprise Centre was built and extended and after many years assisting start-ups and developing businesses, Piltown Community Enterprise was successful in the creation of more
than forty sustainable jobs. In 2002 Fiddown Enterprise Centre was sold to the largest tenant T. Butler Engineering and that company is flourishing to this day.
The proceeds of that sale were used to purchase the Old Creamery site in the centre of Piltown. During the years of the Celtic Tiger PCE was active with community based projects within the parish.
Following a feasibility study in 2011 it was decided to proceed with the Old Creamery Project to create much needed local jobs, restore a derelict site and rekindle life in the centre of the village.
Following the sale of the Fiddown Centre, Piltown Community Enterprise purchases the Old Creamery building in the village of Piltown to re-develop this building into a new Centre for Enterprise.
This was once the center of commercial and business activity in the Parish but is now a sorry site and badly in need of some renovation.
Its an important element of the industrial heritage of Piltown and the chimney presents an elegant landmark punctuating the skyline.
The First Phase of the project is now complete. This unit was developed to encourage start-ups and new business ventures. The three units are now fully occupied providing employment and vibrancy to the area.
Work has now commenced on Phase 2 and it is hoped to have the units available for letting later this year.