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85 jobs created at Portadown firm as part of £10m investment

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced a �10million investment by Thompson Aero Seating Limited, creating 85 new skilled manufacturing jobs. The Portadown-based company designs and manufactures business class seats for the commercial airline sector. Pictured with Arlene Foster is Gary Montgomery, CEO, Thompson Aero Seating. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced a �10million investment by Thompson Aero Seating Limited, creating 85 new skilled manufacturing jobs. The Portadown-based company designs and manufactures business class seats for the commercial airline sector. Pictured with Arlene Foster is Gary Montgomery, CEO, Thompson Aero Seating. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

A £10 million investment by Portadown firm Thompson Aero Seating Limited is to create 85 new skilled manufacturing jobs.

The Portadown-based company designs and manufactures business class seats for the commercial airline sector.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered Thompson Aero Seating £1.7million to support the creation of the new jobs, which will help boost its production capacity in order to meet the growing demand for the company’s business class seating.

Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Colin McCusker said, “This £10 million investment is great news for both the Borough and for Portadown. It means a further 85 new skilled manufacturing jobs to the already current workforce of 137 at three sites in Portadown. Thompson Aero have already identified a challenging target of sales of their patented seating concepts by over £40 million in the next two years and are already filling these orders. My congratulations to Thompson Aero Seating Limited.”

Upper Bann MP David Simpson, “It is with great delight that as MP for the area I can welcome the news of 85 new jobs at Thompson Aero Seating Ltd. The £10 million expansion will allow Thompson to significantly increase its capabilities and capacity to target the growing global aerospace. This announcement follows the growth and expansion that has taken place within Thompson Aero Seating in recent years, with a BMI contract being the most recent catalyst to success. The firm offer a world class standard of aircraft seating that has secured offers right around the world with a customer base ranging from America, Austria, Jet Blue and Aer Lingus. The future for Thompson Aero Seating Ltd is bright as they forecast a high turnover growth in the coming years.

“Appreciation must also go to Invest NI for their financial assistance in ensuring this added boost to the local economy. It is only down to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Thompson’s that this job announcement could take place. I along with the Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster look forward to seeing the firm continue to grow and we wish them every success in their future ventures.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said, “This is wonderful news from a company which has a proud legacy in Portadown, creating an extremely welcome jobs boost for Craigavon

“It goes to prove that quality sells and that award winning seats which are designed, engineered and produced by the highly skilled workforce in Portadown are valued by the airline industry worldwide.”

 

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