Enterprise Ireland announced last week that its client companies are celebrating record growth in the United States.
Along with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the organisation hosted a series of events across seven US cities, from Washington to San Francisco.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a crucial opportunity to celebrate the long-standing close relationship that exists between Ireland and the United States, which has never been more meaningful or more fruitful,” said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
“Trade between our countries is at an all-time high. Ireland has continued to increase direct investment in the United States annually, even during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrating the unwavering commitment Ireland and the United States have to one another’s economic success.”
Irish Companies In USA
While in Washington DC, Taoiseach Varadkar met with a number of Irish companies in the area, including Manna, Europe’s largest drone delivery operation, which has announced its launch in the USA and a strategic investment from Coca-Cola.
Manna is commencing a trial in Dallas/Fort Worth area in partnership with multinational real estate development company Hillwood, to initially offer drone delivery to a select number of Hillwood's residential developments.
This move comes in tandem with a strategic investment in Manna from Coca-Cola HBC, strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company.
Through its Ventures arm, Coca-Cola HBC, collaborates with disruptive start-ups that have synergies with its business ambitions in the areas of last mile, vending, coffee technology and sustainability.
Speaking last week, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo Clancy said, “The United States is strategically important for Irish companies scaling internationally. In addition to the opportunities open to our firms here, we are very glad that they invest here at scale, employing over 100,000 people in the US."
He added, "The achievements of Irish companies here proven that innovative businesses who can collaborate well, create mutual benefit for both our economies."