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U.S. jobs boost for Cork

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Cork has received a much needed jobs boost after it was revealed M/A-COM Tech­nology is to add 30 jobs to its Irish base.

A leading supplier of high performance analog semiconductor solutions, the Massachusetts company has continued its expansion in Cork where it now employs 68 people.

In 2011, the company established its international headquarters in Cork and in 2010 it commenced an IDA supported research and development project in IC (integrated circuit) design.

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Both initiatives, from commencement of the recruitment process to completion, are expected to add 30 jobs and recruitment is ongoing. New positions are currently being added in engineering, supply chain, quality and administration.

Making the announcement, Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enter­prise and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD said: “I am delighted to be here today to announce M/A-COM Tech’s continued expansion in Ireland.

“The company, set up its Irish operation in 2008 and in that short space of time has expanded rapidly. IC Design companies like M/A-COM Tech are of significant importance to Ireland’s foreign direct investment portfolio. I wish the company every success in the future and offer the continued support of the Irish Government as M/A-COM Tech continues to grow its Irish operations.”

Mike Murphy, Vice President of Engineering for M/A-COM Tech, added: “M/A-COM Tech’s strategic focus on integrated circuits featuring higher levels of integration and functionality resulted in the recent establishment of the Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMIC) design centre here in Cork.

“This operation has proven to be a strategically significant research and development project for M/A-COM Tech Cork and as a result we are here today with news of our ongoing commitment to Ireland.

“I would like to thank the Irish Government and IDA Ireland for their help and support, management and staff here at M/A-COM Tech Cork and look forward to the continued success of this international headquarters.”

The jobs news comes as an added boost to the area after Apple announced it was to create 500 jobs in Cork last week.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, together with senior officials in his Department and the IDA had been closely involved in this project for several months, including through meetings held by the minister with Apple in the U.S. and Ireland.

Speaking about this development, Bruton said: “The announcement that Apple, one of the world’s leading companies is expanding its operations in Ireland and creating 500 new jobs is a huge boost for the country.

“It is a great testament to the company’s workforce, a great vote of confidence in the future of our economy, and it shows what is possible for Ireland.”