Wednesday, January 31, 2018

American Modular Company to Open Factory in Ireland

An American manufacturing company specialising in the building of modular homes is to set up a base on the southside of Limerick city, creating 50 new jobs. This got my curiosity radar on full alert and I just had to find out which American Modular Home company was expanding into Ireland.
Clenn Construction is to open in the Galvone Industrial Estate this year, and its investment could lead to up to 400 direct and indirect jobs over the next three to five years. The enterprise will be operational in 2018, initially employing 50 people, with the potential for expansion and the creation of direct and indirect jobs in the regeneration area over the next three to five years, the council said. The jobs on offer will be in the assembly of timber frame housing sections, with the company seeking staff with a range of skills including roofing, tiling, plumbing as well as groundworks and machine operatives. The move to Limerick is timely, given the scarcity of both private and public rented houses. Mayor Stephen Keary​ has hailed the announcement as “great news for Limerick”, while Patrick Benn from Clenn Construction said the area was picked as one of its founders now based in the United States in fact hails from the city. “We’re delighted to be able to work with Limerick City and County Council to set up a base in Limerick. One of the reasons we chose Limerick was because one of the founders of the company was from the city before emigrating to America,” Mr Benn said. “Clenn Construction is an expert in this sector and we will be hoping to replicate our success here in Limerick. We are hiring people with a range of skills, initially 50 people, but this will grow as we expand into the Irish and European markets. Upon seeing the company’s name, Clenn Construction, I started researching who they were and initially found nothing useful. Google and Dogpile kept bringing me back to the news article above. Then I did a LinkedIn search for the company’s Patrick Benn and struck out. Further research revealed the name was linked to another name, Michael Clarke.
Turns out Mr Clarke is the CEO of JC Elite Construction in New York City. I searched their website to make sure I had the right Mr Clarke and still couldn’t find anything linking him to Clenn Construction until I went to their contact page and at the bottom of their site was the address of their International office in Limerick. My hat is off to Mr Clarke for taking the knowledge he’s gained in the construction of commercial modular in the US and starting a factory in his home country of Ireland. Much success Mr Clarke! Maybe after your success over there you will consider opening some new modular factories in the US. One can only hope.

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