Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014 by Ulster Business

Thomson aero seating creates 85 new jobs in portadown

Growing demand for Thompson Aero Seating's business-class aircraft seats has prompted the latest expansion

Manufacturing company Thompson Aero Seating has created 85 new jobs in Portadown to meet growing demand for its business-class aircraft seats.

The positions command average salaries of £41,000 a year and the new employees will join the 137-strong  workforce currently based at the company’s three sites in the town.

Thompson Aero Seating is investing £10m in the expansion, £1.7m of which has been offered by Invest NI.

“With air traffic expected to double in the next 15 years our latest expansion supported by Invest NI will help us capitalise on this potential business,” Gary Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer at Thompson Aero Seating  said. “Our target is to grow sales of our patented seating concepts by over £40 million in the next two years and with an already very strong order book confirmed, we are well positioned to achieve this objective.”

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster praised the productivity of the aerospace sector.

“Northern Ireland’s aerospace sector has an international reputation for quality and innovation which, with support from Invest NI, is growing year on year. Thompson Aero Seating’s investment will not only enhance this position but contribute to the rebalancing of the local economy by driving export growth and increasing employment.” 

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