A Portarlington man proved the turning point in a major American R&D facility moving its proposed manufacturing operations to Ireland creating 50 jobs and a new 40,000 sqf facility in Co Offaly.
As a result Kieran Leavy, who runs the well known P&J Security business and is also involved with Portarlington GAA Club, will collect his ‘Finder’s Fee’ cheque for €75,000, representing €1,500 per job created, from ConnectIreland – the IDA backed jobs initiative.
Kieran had a social relationship with a Magni executive who he bumped into in a pub in Dublin. After hearing Magni had plans to expand to Europe and that his friend was en route to the Czech Republic, he persuaded him to watch a GAA match in Portarlington.
The Magni Group is the global leader in corrosion resistant, automotive coatings. Virtually every car assembled around the world uses the company’s coatings. Magni is based in 23 locations in eight countries. Following this announcement, they will build a 40sqf manufacturing facility which can be doubled within five years, in Portarlington.
Having already registered with ConnectIreland after seeing their stand at the 2012 GAA Congress, Kieran put the two in touch and the jobs announcement was made today by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, in the presence of Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation with Terry Clune, Chairman of ConnectIreland presenting Kieran with his cheque, which is tax free.
Kieran has no plans on how to spend the money. “To be honest, this is about the people of Portarlington. It’s a great boost to the economy and it means lots of parents will be happy to see their college educated children not having to emigrate now.”
ConnectIreland also today announced 15 new jobs with Flagship Management in Kinvara, Co Galway and 10 jobs with Ark Energy Consulting in Co Longford – both introduced by Connectors.
ConnectIreland is a job creation initiative backed by the IDA which harnesses the power of the global Irish family. Its mission is to attract foreign companies which are expanding internationally to consider Ireland as a location. ConnectIreland pays a ‘Finder’s Fee’ of €1,500 (or equivalent in local currency) for each job created in this way.
Most connectors are ordinary people, not business owners, who have a family or friend working in another company abroad, whether it is a receptionist, accountant or manager. The scheme is backed fully by the Irish Government under the Action Plan for Jobs, the object of which is to bring 5,000 new jobs to Ireland within the next five years. Since its launch 16 months ago, over 8,000 people at home and abroad have registered as ‘Connectors’. The organisation is in active discussions with over 50 companies.
See ConnectIreland.com for more details.