85 new jobs for Seagoe firm in £10 million investment

A £10 million investment by Thompson Aero Seating Limited is creating 85 new skilled manufacturing jobs at the Portadown firm.

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

Zara in business class.

Zara in business class.

Invest NI has offered Thompson Aero Seating £1.7 million to support the creation of the new jobs, doubling its production capacity in order to meet the growing demand for their business class seating.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was in Portadown for yesterday’s announcement, “Thompson Aero Seating has positioned itself as a credible own-brand provider of high quality business class aircraft seats and this expansion signals its continued commitment to growth in the global aerospace industry. The 85 new jobs will generate £3.5m annually in salaries for the local economy and ensure Thompson Aero Seating can continue to meet tight airline delivery schedules.”

Gary Montgomery, the firm’s CEO,said, “Thompson Aero Seating has witnessed tremendous growth and success in recent years and the support offered by Invest NI has been instrumental to our business’ development.

“With air traffic expected to double in the next 15 years, our latest expansion will help us capitalise on this potential business.

“Our target is to grow sales of our patented seating concepts by over £40m in the next two years.”

The firm are based in three sites in Portadown and employ 137 staff.