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50 New Jobs for Galway with Market Intelligence company IIR

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50 New Jobs for Galway with Market Intelligence company IIR

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 

50 New Jobs for Galway with Market Intelligence company IIR

Market Intelligence company Industrial Info Resources (IIR) officially opened new 16,500 sq ft office in Ballybrit, Co. Galway, today creating 50 jobs.

Speaking at the company’s offices in Galway, Minister Ged Nash TD said, “The announcement by Industrial Info Resources that they are to double their workforce, creating 50 new jobs, is fantastic news for Galway and a real vote of confidence from the company in the county. As the Government strives to ensure that the jobs recovery is felt in every region of the country, IIR is a concrete example of how a talented workforce, business friendly policies and good working environment can entice and retain leading companies. I wish Ed and his team here in Galway every success as they expand.”

Commenting on the announcement Ed Lewis, CEO of IIR said, “For the past six years that we’ve been in Ireland, our company has expanded rapidly across the world and our Galway operation has been instrumental to our fast growth. I’m very excited about our future in Galway and look forward to long-term success as we move forward from here.”

Industrial Info Resources (IIR) was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas. IIR performs fact based market research on the industrial processing, heavy manufacturing and energy related industries worldwide and offers Knowledge Management Solutions to companies that sell products and services to these industries. The Galway operation has been designated as the company’s international hub, with responsibility for all markets outside the Americas.

A number of new initiatives that include expanding our market coverage for offshore oil & gas, pharmaceutical & biotech, and industrial manufacturing industries, as well as market analytics, financial shared services, international marketing and customer support has resulted in the company’s decision to add 50 new jobs over a five year period effectively doubling its workforce from when it was first established in Galway in 2010.

Details of Career Opportunities with IIR are available here

IIR, a privately owned company, operates across key heavy industrial processing, manufacturing and energy-related sectors including onshore and offshore oil & gas, electric power generation and transmission, chemical processing, pulp & paper, metals & minerals, pharmaceutical & biotech and industrial manufacturing industries. IIR’s clients include industrial asset owners, equipment manufacturers, engineering and construction companies, servicing companies, distributors, energy trading and financial service companies, and other companies that sell products and services into the industrial market. The suite of products and services that IIR offers their clients include: Databases IIR’s database products include event tracking for major capital and maintenance projects, also known as PEC (Planning, Engineering and Construction), planned and unplanned unit maintenance outages, shutdowns and turnarounds, plus details on plant locations that include key decision makers, unit details, and equipment profiles for turbines, boilers, compressors and pollution control equipment.

IDA Ireland Press Release

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