O'Keeffe hails innovative firm as expansion creates 31 jobs
AN IRISH firm has been hailed as a model of how to cope with the recession after confirming an ambitious multi-million euro expansion plan.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe announced 31 new jobs yesterday at Architectural and Metal Systems (AMS) as part of an €8m plant investment.
AMS -- which designs aluminium window and door systems -- had to downsize its workforce after the near-collapse of the construction sector.
But it is set to recruit 31 new staff as part of an export drive -- and a scheme to allow its customers to source Irish-made products rather than having to rely on imports.
The export drive will focus on its powder-paint coating production equipment, ranked as some of the most hi-tech in the world.
The Little Island plant is the first of its kind in Ireland and offers AMS total control over its key raw material, extruded aluminium.
"AMS has responded to the call for economic recovery by implementing an investment plan based on cutting-edge technology with a strong export-based focus," Mr O'Keeffe said. "The result is an important jobs boost for Cork."
Mr O'Keeffe said other firms could learn from AMS's example.
AMS boss Chris Martin said the expansion was the culmination of a 20-year-old dream for the firm.