In the United States, Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in the United States have created over 80,000 jobs. Seven hundred companies, operating across all 50 US states, provide employment in a diverse array of high-value sectors, including consumer products, construction products, and services, life sciences, software, food manufacturing, industrial and engineering products.
“The state of Ireland’s partnership with the United States is strong,” said Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland. “Our shared values, expertise and experience is business-positive for both countries — as evidenced by the 80,000 jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in the United States.”
Irish firms at the vanguard of employment growth in the United States include:
Sysnet Ltd.: A leading provider of cyber security and compliance solutions to the payments industry, Sysnet recently announced a $2 million investment and the creation of 500 new jobs for a new contact center in DeKalb County, Atlanta.
Oldcastle: The North American arm of CRH plc., one of the world’s leading building products and materials companies based in Dublin, Ireland. Oldcastle has more than 1,700 operations in 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces.
Kerry Group: One of the largest players in the global food industry with current annual sales of approximately $6.5 billion and multiple manufacturing operations across the United States.
Smurfit Kappa: A world leader in paper-based packaging with approximately $8.5 billion in global sales, Smurfit Kappa employs over 43,000 people globally and owns multiple recycling and manufacturing operations across the southwestern United States.
Glanbia: One of the world’s top nutrition companies, Glanbia employs 2,000 people in 29 countries. The United States has the most Glanbia facilities of any country, with 12 manufacturing operations and corporate offices across seven states.
Each year, the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, brings together the best, brightest, and most innovative people and companies to celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event — an essential destination for global professionals — features a wide variety of business and networking opportunities.
“Being at South by Southwest, you get to meet your clients, and you get to meet new prospects. It’s a reminder to them that you’re in the space and you’re important,” said Kevin Lowe, Head of Sales, NewsWhip.
EI also hosted a business panel with Garret Flower of Parkpnp, Karl Llewellyn from Sanctifly, and Fearghal Kelly from digisoft.tv, participating in the informative discussions. The panel was moderated by Daniel Ramamoorthy of Parkpnp, and they discussed why Ireland was a great place to do business, and how Irish startups are getting noticed.
“Enterprise Ireland is a government body that helps Irish businesses grow, test their business ideas, establish some feasibility of their business ideas, and become investor-ready,” said Carol McKeon, CEO and Founder, DataKraft. “Everybody loves Ireland. There’s so many people who are a little bit Irish, and they see Ireland here, and there’s such enthusiasm and such a warm reception to us.”
With roughly 75,000 in attendance this year, and journalists representing thousands of different print, radio, TV, and digital outlets from across the US and around the world, SXSW continues to prove that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
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