The Ahern Ireland team cut the ribbon. From left to right: Karl Creighton, customer service coordinator; Angela Murray, customer administration coordinator; Andrew Fishburn, managing director; Alec Boyle, lead engineer; Barry Nicholson, finance; Matthew Elvin, CEO; and David Roddy, sales director.
Ahern Ireland officially opened for business following an opening ceremony held at its facility in Rathcoole, County Dublin on 27 June 2019.
Part of the Ahern International division owned by Don Ahern, Ahern Ireland is the exclusive provider of sales, service and spare parts for Snorkel MEWPs, and Ruthmann Bluelift tracked spider lifts for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
To celebrate the opening of the business, Ahern Ireland hosted more than 60 customers, suppliers and industry contacts at its opening event. They enjoyed tours of the recently refurbished and fully stocked 2,286 square metre facility, including the workshop, parts warehouse, yard and office space.
Matthew Elvin, CEO, performed a formal ribbon cutting with the Ahern Ireland team to declare the facility open for business, and gave a speech, along with Andrew Fishburn, managing director for Ahern Ireland. This was followed by a ‘celebration of Ireland’ party featuring live entertainment acts and regional-inspired catering.
Speaking at the event Elvin said, “With an investment of more than US$1.2m in the new machine and spare parts inventory, plus the facility renovations and service vehicles, Ahern Ireland is here for the long-term, and is ready to support our growing customer base.”
Of the new branch opening, company owner, Don Ahern, said, “My family heritage can be traced back to Ireland, so this branch opening has both personal and professional significance. I am extremely grateful to all of our valued customers, vendors and stakeholders who have supported us with this launch, and I sincerely hope that we are able to add value to their businesses through this fantastic new location.”
Under the direction of Andrew Fishburn, Ahern Ireland will be managed by David Roddy who takes on an expanded role from his current position as business development manager for Snorkel UK. He will be responsible for sales, and will oversee a team of three people initially, including a lead engineer, customer service coordinator and a customer service administrator. Together, this team will deliver complete sales and parts customer service, along with field technical support and workshop repairs.