Standex Ireland celebrate 40 years of business in Mountmellick

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Standex Ireland celebrate 40 years of business in Mountmellick

Standex Ireland second factory in Irishtown Mountmellick

Standex Ireland will celebrate 40 years in business in Mountmellick with a presentation night this weekend.

The company was officially opened in Acragar on May 19, 1978 when the IDA attracted the attention of Mr Daniel Hogan from Tennessee who was the Chairperson of the board of the US company at the time.

At the time of its opening the company employed 28 men. Today Standex Ireland employs 63 men and women in full time positions.

The company manufactures pump components and carries out assembly and testing on the full range of Procon pumps, precision rotary vane pumps, other small gear and micro vane pumps destined for the European market.

The presentation night will take place on Saturday, May 12 at the Midlands Park Hotel where a number of long term employees will be acknowledged for their years of service to the Irish branch of the multinational company.

Three current employees, Ray Curham, Richie Coss and Richie Dunne have worked in Standex since the very beginning.

PJ Dempsey and Ger Kearns will be acknowledged for 30 years service in the factory while Andrew McDonnell, Denis Whelan, Tommy Bambrick and Colin Grehan who have been employees for 20 years will also be acknowledged on the night.

Kevin Egan is the General Manager of Standex Ireland.

“Mountmellick has proven to be a great location for the business and to be in operation for 40 years is a great testament to the workforce, many of whom have been with the company for over 30 years,” he said.

Going forward Standex Ireland plans to grow over the next five years.

“We have recently added personnel to the sales, engineering and quality departments to drive this growth.

“The company must also continue to improve its operational excellence and become even more customer focused,” Mr Egan added.

The company began to implement a lean programme over two years ago and aims to continue on the path of continuous improvement.

This together with some shrewd capital investment and further employee development should ensure that Standex Ireland is in a strong position to meet the challenges of what is a very competitive market.

Martin Shanahan is the CEO of IDA Ireland.

“Congratulations to Standex management and staff on their 40 year anniversary.

“This is a fantastic example of a small multinational company continuing to operate in a regional location and employing local people. We wish them many more successful years and our continued support,” he said.

Standex Ireland Ltd is part of Standex International Corporation who have their headquarters in Salem, New Hampshire and operates manufacturing plants and distribution facilities throughout the U.S, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, India, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore and Europe.

The Corporation is divided into 11 operating units organised into five reporting segments, Food Service, Engineering Technologies, Electronics Group and Hydraulics group. The company currently employs 5,100 people. Standex Ireland is part of the Procon operating group within the food service equipment segment.