Shannon Chamber of Commerce said today that recent jobs announcements in the town have confirmed the West of Ireland’s attractiveness to Foreign Direct Investment.
Commenting on the recent jobs announcements involving Wipro, AMAX and Zimmer, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said: “While the three companies choose their respective locations for corporate specific reasons – Wipro to expand its existing Shannon workforce; AMAX to establish a European presence; and Zimmer to set up a second base in Ireland – each cited the existence of an excellent talent pool and a great work-life balance as key influencers to their ultimate decision to invest in Shannon, and in Zimmer’s case to add a second location in Ireland, at Galway, thereby creating synergies between its two west of Ireland plants.”
“Jobs announcement of this magnitude bring a double benefit to the local economy through their requiring local professional and operational services. Shannon Chamber thanks each company individually for the contribution they are making to employment in Shannon and Galway; IDA Ireland for their supporting the creation of these new and additional jobs; and the CREGG Group for commissioning a building at Shannon to facilitate a speedy ramp-up for AMAX.
“It’s a great start to a new year and we look forward to maintaining a close collaboration with IDA and Shannon Airport to extol the attributes of Shannon to inbound investment itineraries,” added Ms Downes.
Yesterday, AMAX – a leading manufacturer of dynamic Data Center & Cloud, custom Server Appliance and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions – announced the grand opening of its European manufacturing facility at Western Business Park.
The AMAX Ireland location will serve as the European manufacturing facility for AMAX’s x86-based server and rack solutions as well as a logistics hub, joining AMAX’s headquarters in Fremont, California in the U.S. as well as its multiple China facilities to create a comprehensive global footprint. 100 jobs will be created over the next five years in Clare.