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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

High-tech jobs boost for Shannon

United Technologies Corporation, which provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries, is set to create 20 new jobs at a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in Shannon for its UTC Aerospace Systems business.

It is part of a €6m investment by which Shannon Aircraft Motor Works, a unit of UTC Aerospace Systems, will service the next generation of Smart Probe Air Data Information Management Systems and sensors for the commercial aircraft market in Europe.

These highly sophisticated computers and sensors provide flight critical information to the pilot and auto-pilot systems on speed, altitude, temperature, pitch and angle, etc., to ensure maximum flight safety. This project has been supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

Shannon Aircraft Motor Works currently employs 80 people and occupies a 28,000-square-foot facility servicing aircraft electrical power systems for the global market.

This announcement follows on another recent investment from United Technologies Corporation, with the expansion of its major research facility, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited, in Cork, to develop cyber-physical systems for the global aerospace market.

Making the announcement from United Technologies Corporation’s Connecticut headquarters, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said,  “I’m delighted to welcome the announcement by UTC of 20 new jobs on foot of a €6 million investment in its Shannon centre.  This is a vote of confidence in the Irish economy and recognises the potential of the Shannon Group as a centre of aviation enterprise and jobs.  The creation of such high quality jobs is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs strategy for the regions.”

Worldwide Repair of UTC Aerospace Systems, vice-president, Bob Butz said, “We are delighted to expand our maintenance capabilities at our Shannon facility. With the support of the IDA, we look forward to growing our business in Ireland and providing more value for our customers.”

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