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AlliedSignal plans 5-year expansion in Waterford

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Andrew Bushe

DUBLIN — The U.S. company AlliedSignal ‘rospace is to create 175 jobs over five years in a £22.8 million expansion of its Irish operation.

Its plant in Waterford is to become the worldwide center of excellence for the company, which is one of the top 10 in the world ‘rospace industry.

Among those using its engines are British Airways, Aer Lingus commuter, KLM and Lufthansa. It is the second biggest global manufacturer in the regional and business aircraft sector.

Tanaiste Mary Harney said the expansion would make the Waterford operation the sole in-house supplier of all turbine engine cold section components such as aircraft engine fans and compressor vanes and blades.

"It will have full functional autonomy for the R&D, engineering and supply chain management of these products," Harney said.

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"This is exactly the type of development the government is encouraging as the model of future industrial development in Ireland."

About 130 of the new jobs will be created in the first three years of the expansion which is being grant-aided by the Industrial Development Authority.

The Phoenix-based AlliedSignal, which started operations in Ireland in 1986, already has three operations in Waterford employing 143.

The expansion will take place at the ‘rospace airfoil section. There is also a precision casting plant and a software center that was expanded last year.

The company is a division of AlliedSignals Inc. of New Jersey, which had revenues of $15.1 billion in 1998.

In the last 14 months, Harney has announced 1,550 new jobs for Waterford in eight projects.

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