Corkman Liam Casey’s PCH International – a global product design and development giant – is to create at least 50 new jobs at its new US headquarters in San Francisco, California.
Located at 135 Mississippi St in San Francisco’s Design District, the new new 30,000 sq-foot facility will create 50 jobs across a variety of roles, including product design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, firmware design, operations and business management.
PCH, which employs 80 people in Cork, revealed earlier this year plans to employ an extra 1,500 people at a facility in Shenzhen near Hong Kong in a move that will grow employment to 3,000 worldwide.
Casey last week revealed that the company achieved a group revenue of US$710m for the year, up 72pc year-on-year.
The company delivered a net profit of US$17.9m, driven by strong demand for accessories for smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Gross profit for the year totalled US$70.7m.
The facility, which will be renovated and ready for visitors in the first quarter of 2013, will house PCH’s development and engineering team, a 7,000 sq-foot state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility, a Sustainable Packaging Center of Excellence, collaborative workspaces for partners with PCH Accelerator start-ups and Fortune 500 clients of the company.
Casey’s vision for the San Francisco headquarters is for it to showcase PCH’s global supply chain and show how the complex world of hardware development can be skillfully managed from the beginning of the idea process to the arrival of the product in the customer’s hand.
“San Francisco is already a world-class centre for design excellence, and is an ideal location for us to serve our existing clients in Silicon Valley and to create and attract new entrepreneurial partnerships,” Casey explained.
“We work with the world’s best industrial designers, taking their concepts and turning them into beautiful products. We work with companies that are passionate about design, passionate about brand and passionate about the consumer experience.
“We look forward to fostering the growing community of makers in the Bay Area who seek to have a massive impact on the world through their dedication to design, brand building and consumer experiences,” Casey added.