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Local jobs scene gets a shot in the arm

SHANNON is about to get a jobs boost after Crosman Corporation announced that it will be opening a new European distribution centre in the town next month.
The company produces products such as crossbows and airguns. They will continue to be manufactured in North America but will be distributed to a large number of European countries from Shannon.
Laura Evans of Crosman told The Clare Champion that the company wasn’t prepared to reveal how many jobs will be created and that the figure would ultimately depend on the level of demand for their products around Europe.
She said that the jobs created would be in areas such as distribution and supply chain management. The company has claimed that the Shannon distribution centre will reduce its transport costs, improve delivery times and increase efficiency in inventory management.
It has stated that the new warehouse and distribution facility will be “state of the art” while it claims the new centre will ensure product delivery within seven days to anywhere in Europe.
Marc Miller, Crosman’s international sales manager, said that opening the centre in Shannon made commercial sense. “Having the ability to fulfill orders swiftly and customise products that satisfy EU countries regulation requirements provides our customers with solutions to their merchandising needs. It also underscores our commitment to enhancing service to our European customers.
“Rather than simply providing our standard air rifle, the new EDC will inventory product with multiple joules, allowing us to offer a larger assortment of goods to markets with different requirements. We are able to maintain our management strategies and ensure that product is available and flows efficiently into each market.”
Crosman Europe’s Martin Stelling added that there were great opportunities for the company to grow.
“The future looks promising for Crosman in Europe. With the consolidation of distribution channels and the large number of new products being launches this year, Crosman is poised for unprecedented growth and enhanced services for its European customers.”
Mayor of Shannon Sean McLoughlin said that jobs were more needed than ever in Shannon.
“I understand that the jobs created will be in warehousing and it’d be a clean industry. Not alone would these jobs be welcome but there should be a spin off from them also, which will help the economy. Shannon Development will do anything that it can to help them. I’m looking forward to them becoming established and hopefully other companies will follow them to Shannon.”

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