LONDON Analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Microsemi Corp. is continuing to expand its Irish manufacturing facility with the addition of 200 new jobs over the next 18 months having already added 115 this year.
Microsemi (Irvine, Calif.) has had a subsidiary in Ennis, County Clare since 1992, when it acquired a Unitrode facility that had been established there in 1979.
It represent a major turnaround in fortune for the facility as in April 2005, Microsemi had announced it would close its operation in Ennis to consolidate production at its U.S. bases. This decision was reversed in May 2007. At that time 108 were employed at the facility.
The additional staff will be in manufacturing, sales and technical support and are being created with support from IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency with responsibility for securing new investment from overseas in manufacturing
“I would like to congratulate the dynamic management team and highly skilled workforce of Microsemi in Ennis, whose hard work and dedication had led to this expansion, said Mary Coughlan, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment. “This is excellent news for Ennis and the greater Mid West region and is testament to the depth and quality of the workforce available here.”
James J. Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Microsemi, added “Microsemi Ireland is a flagship facility acting as a gateway between the European and U.S. marketplaces for Microsemi. It is a shining example within the greater Microsemi family in terms of its day-to-day operational efficiency and long-term potential for growth. The size and scale of our investment in the Ennis facility is a direct reflection of the calibre and talent of our existing workforce coupled with our faith in the exceptional standard of the high quality recruits available within this region.”
“The company has already been actively recruiting, this year to date, we have already employed an additional 115 staff with the remaining 200 expected to be put in place within the next 18 months,” said Peterson.