Business expansion
Southern and Eastern; Mid-West;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment

185 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
21 October 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
21 October 2010


Microsemi, a US-owned multi-national which produces equipment for America's space exploration programme, plans to create 185 new jobs at its Ennis plant in the Mid-West of Ireland. The company's general manager stated that the company will be increasing its workforce by 185 to 400 over the next two years.

The general manager added: "Microsemi Ireland is in the process of negotiating a Phase 2 expansion plan with Microsemi Corporation, California and the IDA in Dublin which includes the addition of 185 people ie will be going from 215 people to 400 people over the next two years."

Globally, Microsemi Corporation employs 1,650 and has manufacturing facilities at four locations in the US, as well as plants in Ireland and Shanghai. The US defence industry is Microsemi Corporation's biggest customer, accounting for 33 per cent of sales. The Ennis-based Irish plant commenced production in 1992, and it specialises in the manufacture of power semiconductors for the global avionics and aerospace markets.


  • 22 October 2008: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2008), Microsemi, Business expansion in Ireland, factsheet number 67326, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67326.