Jobs boost for Shannon with US aircraft materials company to open European base

Mark Hadding, Jetpower, Rita Meehan, International Aviation Services Centre, Ray O’Driscoll, Shannon Commercial Properties, Aaron Neff and and Michelle Viana, Jetpower Picture: Arthur Ellis

Mark Hadding, Jetpower, Rita Meehan, International Aviation Services Centre, Ray O’Driscoll, Shannon Commercial Properties, Aaron Neff and and Michelle Viana, Jetpower Picture: Arthur Ellis

A US aircraft materials company has announced its intention to establish a European base at Shannon, creating 25 jobs in the process.

Jetpower Aircraft Materials Limited said it planned to open at the Shannon Free Zone Business Park, having secured a 25,000 sq ft premises, and joins a growing aviation cluster at the International Aviation Services Centre in Shannon.

Michele Viani, Head of Business Development for Jetpower, who have a number of Irish-based leasing company customers, such as AerCap, said the company was “very pleased to join Shannon’s aviation cluster”.

“It is part of the Jetpower strategy to locate our operations in aviation hubs that match our customer locations and provide tremendous growth opportunities,” she said. 

“Many of our leasing customers are located in Ireland and our new Shannon location amplifies the services and solutions that we can offer to them,” she added.

The company plans to expand consignment and service support for its existing customers and continue to grow its European aircraft materials business.

CEO Aaron Neff said: “It is a pleasure for us to be part of a cluster that we believe will contribute greatly to the global aviation environment. Aviation is a highly specialised industry sector, and while we are starting with four employees for 2017, we plan to build this to 25 employees by the end of 2019.”

The Free Zone, a 600 acre business park where almost 8,000 people are employed in 160 companies is already home to 50 aviation companies and Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Shannon Commercial Properties, welcomed the latest addition to the region's aviation industry.

“We’re delighted to welcome a global company such as Jetpower as part of our growing aviation cluster at the International Aviation Services Centre,” he said.

“The company’s decision to locate here further confirms Shannon as a leading hub for the industry. Our flexibility is a big part of our success; in this case, Shannon Commercial Properties was able to offer Jetpower a property solution that matches their growth strategy.”