United States Ambassador calls for Shannon/United States Relationship to Move Forward
In response to an invitation from Pat Breen T.D., Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley attended a reception at Westpark Shannon on Monday November 09, where he was warmly welcomed by Brian O’Connell, CEO of Westpark and Kevin Thompstone, President Shannon Chamber, amongst others.
The choice of venue for the Shannon Chamber of Commerce hosted event, whose aim was to showcase the strength and importance of US Foreign Direct Investment in the region, was most appropriate, as Westpark is home to several high profile US companies. These include GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the world’s leading commercial aircraft and engine lessor and lender as well as GE sibling companies SES (Shannon Engine Support) and GE Treasury.
Silicon Valley headquartered Cloud Networking business Arista, and software company Symantec Corporation, a global leader in cyber security are also located in Westpark as are Shoes for Crews. Fittingly, Westpark’s latest arrival is the Connecticut headquartered business, Hubbell Global Operations. A large-scale global manufacturer of electrical and electronic products, it has recently opened a sales and marketing office in Westpark, its first office in Europe.
Commenting on the event, Brian O’Connell, CEO, Westpark Shannon said, “I’d like to thank Kevin Thompstone and Shannon Chamber for choosing to host this high profile event at Westpark. We were delighted to welcome Ambassador O’Malley and even more delighted to hear him speak of the already warm relationship between businesses in the US and the Shannon region. Ambassador O’Malley congratulated Ireland Inc on being inclusive and nimble, characteristics that continue to help us attract US Foreign Direct Investment to our shores. He also said he is very open to moving the relationship between the Shannon region and the US forward and invited the business interests in Shannon to come together and to meet with him in the future to further discuss how this can be achieved. This is very good news.”