Aircraft materials company to create 25 jobs in Shannon

Aircraft materials company to create 25 jobs in Shannon

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A top US aircraft materials company has confirmed plans to establish a European base at Shannon Free Zone Business Park in County Clare.

Jetpower Aircraft Materials Limited a will not only expand consignment and service support for its large, Ireland-based leasing company customers, such as AerCap, from its Shannon facility, but will also continue growing its European aircraft materials business. Jetpower has a diverse engine and airframe product base and global experience which enables them to provide their customer base with a quick and thorough response, using creative personalised solutions throughout the supply chain.

Shannon Commercial Properties, the property arm of Shannon Group plc, has assisted Jetpower to secure a 25,000 sq ft premises at Shannon Free Zone, West. The facility provides warehousing and storage for engine parts which will then be transported to Europe and globally via Shannon Airport.  It is the latest addition to the aerospace cluster at the Shannon Free Zone, where 50 aviation companies employ over 2,500 people between them.”

Welcoming Jetpower to the 600 acre business park where almost 8000 people are employed in 160 companies, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Shannon Commercial Properties, said that aircraft materials companies remain a significant growth area in the aviation Industry.

“We’re delighted to welcome a global company such as Jetpower as part of our growing aviation cluster at the International Aviation Services Centre (“IASC”). The company’s decision to locate here further confirms Shannon as a leading hub for the industry. Our flexibility is a big part of our success; in this case, Shannon Commercial Properties was able to offer Jetpower a property solution that matches their growth strategy,” he said.

Michele Viani, Head of Business Development for Jetpower commented: “We are very pleased to join Shannon’s aviation cluster.  It is part of the Jetpower strategy to locate our operations in aviation hubs that match our customer locations and provide tremendous growth opportunities. Many of our leasing customers are located in Ireland and our new Shannon location amplifies the services and solutions that we can offer to them.”

Aaron Neff, Chief Executive Officer of the company commented: “It is a pleasure for us to be part of a cluster that we believe will contribute greatly to the global aviation environment.  Aviation is a highly specialised industry sector, and while we are starting with four employees for 2017, we plan to build this to 25 employees by the end of 2019.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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