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Bolgers and Zimmer get Lean for business

TWO Shannon companies, Zimmer and Bolgers, are using Lean processes to try and ensure business success. To encourage other companies to do likewise, Shannon Chamber has teamed up with Enterprise Ireland to deliver a half-day workshop on ‘Lean in Business’.It will take place at Zimmer’s premises at Shannon Free Zone East. Launching the event, Chamber president Damian Gleeson said, “This is the first Chamber event, focused on a distinct business area, that has been held in a company’s premises. Zimmer’s willingness to open its doors and share its experiences with other like-minded businesses, demonstrates a keen interest in increasing the robustness of Shannon Region-based companies.”“Zimmer’s adoption of Lean has been driven from within. This required a concerted effort across the entire organisation. Bolger’s achievements show that the principles are as applicable to the indigenous sector as they are to multinational organisations. That’s why Enterprise Ireland is encouraging its clients to develop and embed Lean business principles in their organisations. Typical …

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Green light for development at former Tesco site

CLARE County Council has granted planning permission for a development at the site of the former Tesco store in Shannon Town Centre.The local authority granted planning to Shannon Town Centre Development Ltd, for alterations to the existing retail unit.These will include replacement of the existing door with a new pedestrian sliding door, the erection of new signs and an extension of the existing north east public surface car park.In the planner’s report, it was stated that having the unit in use again is desirable. “The unit previously occupied by Tesco is vacant. Having regard to the objective to maintain and improve the vitality and viability of the overall town centre, it would be preferable that this unit be occupied,” the report stated.It wasn’t felt that the addition of more parking would be excessive. “There are approx 450 car-parking spaces in the multi-storey, approx 45 surface spaces at the north-east section (adjacent to proposed development), approximately 220 surface spaces at the …

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Mincon drill, a prized Chilean memento

WHILE the world was moved as the Chilean miners got back above ground it was particularly satisfying for management and staff of Mincon, who produced a drill which was used to reach the stranded men back in August.Technical director, Joe Purcell, said that he was delighted they had been involved. “It was tremendous, no doubt about it. We were involved very early and it was great that they got out,” he said.The drill they produced is being kept by the Chilean Government as a historical memento.Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes paid tribute to the company. “Mincon fully deserves the praise that it received on the airwaves and elsewhere, in the days leading up to and during the perilous rescue operation. Joe and his team can pride themselves on the fact that their engineering capability, developed here in Shannon, has saved the lives of the 33 trapped miners. The holes drilled with the Mincon product provided the all-important communication link through …

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Boundary fence approved for soccer club

THERE was good news for two Shannon soccer clubs this week as Shannon Town United had their application to construct a new fence upheld by An Bord Pleanála, while Clare County Council have agreed to give a piece of land to Shannon Olympic for a nominal sum.An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission to Shannon Town United for the erection of a boundary fence, including gates, to the perimeter of their pitch at Drumgeely/Tullyglass.Clare County Council’s original decision to grant planning had been appealed by the Drumgeely Residents Association.In her report, An Bord Pleanála inspector Una Crosse outlined a number of the grounds of appeal. This included a view that the Drumgeely Riverside Walk “is the most significant natural amenity in Shannon and would be seriously damaged by the proposal”.It was claimed the fence would be unduly imposing on a narrow walkway and that its height was excessive, while it was claimed the fence could create space for anti-social behaviour …

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Remedial works sought for wastewater infrastructure

SHANNON needs emergency funds for essential remedial repairs to the wastewater infrastructure in the town, it was claimed at the September meeting of the Town Council.Councillor Gerry Flynn put forward a motion that the council apply to the Minister for the Environment for funding.“If there is a major burst in the system, a whole section of the town could be put out of action,” he claimed.In a written reply, engineer Eugene O’Shea stated there is a plan in place for a lasting solution.“As outlined by Sean Ward, senior engineer, Clare County Council, to the September meeting of the Shannon Electoral Area, a brief has been prepared in relation to the Shannon sewerage scheme for consultants to 1. prepare the Environmental Impact Scheme and 2. design the advance works contract to upgrade the biggest foul pumping stations and associated infrastructure.“This advance works contract is of critical importance to Shannon. It is expected that these documents will be ready by early 2011 …

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Fleming seeks SkyCourt set-down area

COUNCILLOR Michael Fleming has requested that a set-down area be put at the front of SkyCourt Shopping Centre facing Rossbracken.

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Cluain Airne should be finished in 2011

THE affordable housing development at Cluain Airne should be finished by March 2011, town manager Bernadette Kinsella stated at this week’s meeting of Shannon Town Council.

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Over 500 people on Shannon housing list

FIVE hundred and five people are on the housing list in Shannon, according to a report at this week’s meeting of the Town Council.

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