Monday 18 June 2018

Shannon lands 28 jobs at aircraft firm STS UJet

Back, left to right, Aidan O’Leary, STS UJet; Alan Dunne, STS UJet; John Drysdale, Commercial Properties Shannon Group. Front, Ray O’Driscoll and Rita Meehan, Commercial Properties Shannon Group, and Mark Robertson, president, STS UJet. Photo: Arthur Ellis
Back, left to right, Aidan O’Leary, STS UJet; Alan Dunne, STS UJet; John Drysdale, Commercial Properties Shannon Group. Front, Ray O’Driscoll and Rita Meehan, Commercial Properties Shannon Group, and Mark Robertson, president, STS UJet. Photo: Arthur Ellis
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Almost 30 jobs are set to be created at an aircraft interior modification company in Shannon that has acquired by US firm STS Component Solutions.

The Irish company, UJet, has now been renamed as STS UJet.

The 28 jobs that have been pledged for Shannon will be created over the next two years.

The group's customers include aircraft lessors such as Avolon and AerCap and other companies including TUI.

STS UJet undertakes complete aircraft interior refurbishment and modification, cabin reconfiguration, and supplies seats and offers support services. STS Component Solutions is a unit of Florida-based STS Aviation Group.

It offers a number of aircraft solutions including line maintenance, repair and modification.

It also has an extensive global aircraft parts distribution network.

STS acquired UJet last month.

"Our new facilities provide us with the space to grow and expand into the future," said STS UJet president Mark Robertson.

"Within two years we expect to more than double our workforce to 50 people, which currently stands at 22 people," he added.

UJet was established in 2015 by three former employees of Atlantic Aviation Group and two other aviation experts.

STS UJet will join a cluster of 60 aviation companies based at Shannon Free Zone, which employ more than 2,600 people.

When it acquired UJet last month, STS Component Solutions group president Tom Covella said that the purchase "further aligns" STS with the increasing demands of the market place.

"Aircraft interior modification and refurbishment is a service offering that will further differentiate STS in the marketplace and provide our global customers with another value-added service," Mr Covella said at the time. He also said that there was a "great opportunity" in Shannon to further expand the global footprint of STS.

The Shannon Free Zone has had a number of recent successes in terms of luring investment.

Last month, Jaguar Land Rover said that it would create 150 jobs at a new software engineering centre at the Shannon Free Zone.

It's basing itself in two new buildings that have been constructed as part of the first phase of a €40m development at the business zone.

That development programme is being accelerated due to demand.

Irish Independent

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