33 new skilled jobs for Portadown

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014
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A Co Armagh company has announced that it is recruiting for 33 new highly skilled manufacturing jobs.

Thompson Aero Seating Limited, which is based across three sites in Portadown, designs and manufactures business class seats for the commercial airline sector.

The company has invested £10m investment and recently filled 52 new positions.

Invest Northern Ireland offered the firm £1.7m to support the creation of the 85 new jobs, which will help boost its production capacity in order to meet the growing demand for the company's business class seating.

Gary Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer at the firm, said: "Thompson Aero Seating has witnessed tremendous growth and success in recent years and the support offered by Invest NI has been instrumental to our business' development.

"With air traffic expected to double in the next 15 years our latest expansion supported by Invest NI will help us capitalise on this potential business.

"Our target is to grow sales of our patented seating concepts by over £40 million in the next two years and with an already very strong order book confirmed, we are well positioned to achieve this objective."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Thompson Aero Seating has positioned itself as a credible own-brand provider of high quality business class aircraft seats and this expansion signals its continued commitment to growth in the global aerospace industry."

She continued: "Northern Ireland's aerospace sector has an international reputation for quality and innovation which, with support from Invest NI, is growing year on year.

"Thompson Aero Seating's investment will not only enhance this position but contribute to the rebalancing of the local economy by driving export growth and increasing employment."

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