Microsemi Expands Facility In Ireland

December 15, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

An Tànaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Mary Coughlan TD announced that Microsemi is announcing 315 new jobs over the next 18 months, at its operations facility in Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland, with the support of Government through IDA Ireland. These new roles will be in manufacturing, sales and technical support.

Microsemi designs and manufactures high performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete high reliability (hi-rel) semiconductors. High reliability chips are used in devices that need to perform under the most extreme conditions in which failures can be very costly e.g. chips for regulating pacemakers, high temperature diodes for oil drilling and transistors for aircraft engines.

Making the announcement, Tànaiste Coughlan said, "I would like to congratulate the dynamic management team and highly skilled workforce of Microsemi in Ennis, whose hard work and dedication had led to this expansion. This is excellent news for Ennis and the greater Mid West region and is testament to the depth and quality of the workforce available here. This expansion is a clear demonstration of Ireland’s premier position as a leading location for premium overseas high tech manufacturing investments."

James J. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Microsemi Corp. – of which Microsemi Ireland is a subsidiary – paid tribute to their Irish operation and IDA Ireland, saying, "Microsemi Ireland is a flagship facility acting as a gateway between the European and US marketplaces for Microsemi. It is a shining example within the greater Microsemi family in terms of its day-to-day operational efficiency and long-term potential for growth. The size and scale of our investment in the Ennis facility is a direct reflection of the calibre and talent of our existing workforce coupled with our faith in the exceptional standard of the high quality recruits available within this region."

"I would like to extend our gratitude to IDA Ireland for their assistance with this expansion and compliment them on the role they have played in the growth of our Irish operation since our arrival here in 1992. The company has already been actively recruiting, this year to date, we have already employed an additional 115 staff with the remaining 200 expected to be put in place within the next 18 months", Peterson concluded.