Pictured L-R (back) Aidan O’Leary, STS UJET, Alan Dunne, STS UJET, John Drysdale, Commercial Properties Shannon Group, (front) Ray O’Driscoll, Commercial Properties Shannon Group, Rita Meehan, Commercial Properties Shannon Group and Mark Robertson, President, STS Aviation Group. Picture: Arthur Ellis.
STS Aviation Group in Shannon expects to double its workforce within two years
An aircraft interior modification and refurbishment specialist, STS Aviation Group, previously trading as indigenous Irish company UJet Group at the Shannon Free Zone, has announced that it is expanding its business operation and establishing a European Hub at Shannon Free Zone, following a merger with US company STS Component Solutions. The merger will lead to the creation of 28 jobs at the Shannon operations over the next two years.
STS Component Solutions is a division of an STS Aviation Group, which currently offers material management, engineering services, technical support, original equipment manufacturer distribution, and supply chain management solutions to the aerospace industry based in Florida.
The company will now offer its growing global customer base robust Aircraft Interior refurbishment and modification services including, full cabin reconfiguration, aircraft seats, and support services under the newly formed brand, STS UJet.
Making the announcement, Mark Robertson, President, STS UJet said, “We are delighted to be expanding our operation to Shannon Free Zone. Our new facilities provide us with the space to grow and expand into the future. Within two years we expect to more than double our workforce to 50 people, which currently stands at 22 people.
“Our customers currently include 15 of the world’s top aviation leasing companies among them AerCap, Avalon, Dubai Aerospace, BBAM and airlines such as TUI fly and Globus operating for S7 Airlines. As the region’s premier FAA/EASA 145 approved aircraft interior repair shop we are looking forward to offering our existing and new customers an extended range of new services through our parent company STS Group.”
STS Ujet will join the growing cluster of 60 aviation companies based at Shannon Free Zone which employs over 2,600 people. The company has secured its property requirements from Shannon Commercial Properties, a Shannon Group company, which manages one of Ireland’s largest property portfolios including Shannon Free Zone where over 7,500 people are employed.
Commenting on the new venture, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Shannon Commercial Properties said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide the property solutions that STS UJet needs to grow. The company is taking newly refurbished facilities totaling 38,000 sq. ft. in Shannon Free Zone. In expanding the component repair capability of the Aviation Cluster at Shannon, STS UJet is greatly enhancing the versatility of the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).”
UJet was first established in September 2015 by three former employees of Atlantic Aviation Group and two other aviation experts. Operating from a base at New Market on Fergus, Co. Clare. UJet has gone from strength to strength providing a range of services to the Aviation sector.
STS Aviation Group is a one-stop servicing centre for all of your company’s workforce management, aircraft engineering, line maintenance, aircraft parts, hose manufacturing, NDT, aircraft repair, and aircraft modification requirements.
Shannon Commercial Properties, a Shannon Group Company, owns and manages one of Ireland’s largest property portfolios, with eight business and technology parks, over 2 million sq. ft. of building space, over 200 buildings and in excess of 1,500 acres of development land in 15 key locations across counties Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, and Kerry. The company provides property solutions for customers who range from start-ups to multinationals from their base in Shannon Free Zone. In addition, they assist with the development of suitable greenfield and industrial sites and deliver property management and consulting services.
Shannon Free Zone (SFZ) is one of Ireland’s largest multi-sectoral business parks and contains the largest concentration of North American companies in Ireland outside of Dublin. Home to 160 companies employing over 7,500 people, the Shannon Free Zone is one of the region’s core assets and a €40 million investment programme due for completion by at the end of 2018 will bring significant new advanced manufacturing, warehousing, and office space solutions to support the IDA led drive for inward investment in the region.
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