12th May 2018: Standex Ireland Ltd celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its operation in Mountmellick Co Laois by holding a special anniversary dinner to acknowledge the valued contribution made by employees over that period.
Standex Ireland Ltd was established in 1978 in Mountmellick, Co Laois employing 28 people in its first year.
Today Standex Ireland employs 63 people in full time positions. It is a great example of a small multinational company in a regional location evolving to meet its customer requirements.
In its two plants in Mountmellick, the company manufactures pump components and carries out assembly and testing on the full range of Procon pumps, precision rotary vane pumps and other small gear and micro vane pumps destined for the European market. The end product applications for Procon pumps include coffee machines, cold drink dispensers, kidney dialysis machines, reverse osmosis systems and x-ray machines. Standex Ireland also manufactures rotors for Procon pumps which are shipped to Standex Mexico for use in pumps for the American and Asian markets.
When the company first opened annual production was about 50,000 pumps, now the figure is closer to 250,000 per year.
The General Manager of Standex Ireland Kevin Egan said “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, indeed there are three employees with the company since the very beginning”.
Going forward Standex Ireland plans 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 said Kevin. 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.
CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said: “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.”
About Standex Ireland Ltd:
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.