Fire safety products developer and manufacturer EI Electronics will grow its workforce to a total of 500 before year-end with the addition of 20 new jobs.
Among these new positions, 15 will be created locally within the Shannon Free Zone and five more will be located overseas. The company expects all positions to be filled by the close of 2013.
Shannon-based Fine Gael senator Tony Mulcahy welcomed the announcement as a boost to the indigenous manufacturing sector. “As one of the Shannon Region’s main employers, EI Electronics is sending out a positive message to the wider manufacturing sector that this part of the country remains a good place to do business in despite the downturn in the domestic economy.”
Mulcahy believes expansion in this region has been driven by the facilities available, with Shannon Airport’s potential for air cargo business development. “Quality connectivity to international markets is key to exporting companies which continue to buck the trend in terms of growth in recent years,” he said. “As an Irish company, I think EI Electronics has shown the way for other indigenous firms to continue to invest in their operations and in doing so play a central role in rebuilding the local, regional and national economy.”
As well as announcing plans for recruitment, the company is also planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open day at its Free Zone facility on Sunday, 1 September. The event will run from 11am to 6pm.