Terry Clune’s Connect Ireland success

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenn and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, TD today (Friday) announced that three multinational companies are establishing new operations near Portarlington, in Kinvara, Co. Galway and Longford town with the creation of a total of 75 new jobs.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenn and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, TD today (Friday) announced that three multinational companies are establishing new operations near Portarlington, in Kinvara, Co. Galway and Longford town with the creation of a total of 75 new jobs.

The companies were introduced to Ireland through ConnectIreland, the company responsible for delivering the Government’s Succeed in Ireland initiative, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs and founded by Kilkenny based businessman, Terry Clune.

The Magni Group, which operates an automotive coating business, will set up its new manufacturing plant and R+D laboratory near Portarlington. The company, which is headquartered in Michigan, USA, already operates a paint business in Mallow, Co. Cork. The new facility, which will employ 50 people, will include a purpose-built 40,000 square foot factory with room to expand to 80,000 square feet over five years.

The Magni Group is considered a global leader in the production of corrosion resistant, automotive coating and in order to support the global marketplace the company operates out of 23 locations in eight countries across the globe – all of which will be supported by the new Irish facility.

Before being put in touch with Connect Ireland through the Connector and the GAA (see below), the Magni Group was close to deciding to locate the facility in the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, Flagship Management has confirmed it is to locate the EMEA headquarters of its maritime consultancy and recruitment business at Kinvara, Co. Galway. Some 15 jobs are expected to be created over the next three years in the business, which has its US headquarters in Florida. Flagship Management currently serves the North American and European market from the US.