Engineered technology firm John Crane Ireland has this week marked a milestone anniversary as it celebrates 40 years since it planted roots in the Shannon.
The long-established company, which produces industrial sealing applications, currently employs over 90 workers at the Shannon Free Zone, with an average length of service exceeding 20 years.
Speaking as the company celebrated its 40th anniversary, John Crane Ireland, Plant Manager Chris Milici said that this depth of experience has enabled the company to reach and remain at the forefront of edge welded metal bellows product development and manufacturing on the world stage.
“The leadership teams of Smiths Group and John Crane, as am I, are proud of the achievements and consistent performance of our Shannon factory,” said Mr Milici.
“The levels of expertise, commitment, and dedication are second-to-none, and we look forward to building on our heritage as we grow the business to new heights.”Shannon
John Crane Ireland planted roots in the Shannon Free Zone when it opened a new facility in September of 1974. The company, then called Sealol, employed five people initially as it produced a single product line at a 2,500 sq. ft. facility in Shannon.
By 1977, with the workforce now at 20 employees, it relocated to a larger base. Finally, with further expansion, in 1982 the then 45 employees re-located operations to the current site within the Shannon Free Zone, comprising 40,000 sq. ft.