Trade Mission from Ireland to Boston takes two companies specialising in Construction Stateside

Two Irish Construction based companies are travelling this week to the USA with a clear focus on their industry sector and with solid value propositions to meet potential clients that will make a significant difference to their Irish based export businesses.

Award Winning Mechanical and Electrical Contracting Specialists with offices in Northern Ireland and London, England, AE Global, along with Donegal Gaeltacht based company Global Estimators are just two companies travelling on a unique trade mission to the States in search of launching their presence across America.

AE Global is managed and operated by Kieran Connor, employing currently 140 people, they are an engineering and construction company covering a variety of specialist industrial sectors including, Petrochemical, Oil and Gas, Water, Power and Pharmaceutical. Their ongoing programme of training and investment, both in technology and people has created a world class company with highly motivated management and workforce alike. Some of their clients include DuPont, Calysta, Invista and Glaxo Smith Kline to name but a few. AE Global are committed to maintaining their status at the forefront of their industry, aligned with their international accreditations and they are ready to start their export services to the States.

Kieran Connor commented; “AE Global are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious trade mission to the States and we look forward to meeting potential clients that will enable us to generate new leads for clients in the States. Our business has grown over the years on the strength of our reputation, and the fact that our export has increased by 25% in the last year alone, it is down to the success of gaining new clients in the pharma and aqua-culture markets in the UK with a view to expanding into the US. The development of a new database programme targeting traceability to enable fast turnaround of IQ documentation in the pharmaceutical industries is what makes us stand out to clients. As a manufacturer of high end pipe engineering products we also provide everything from design to procurement, installation and commission to electrical and instrumentation. We have already identified opportunities for collaborative projects between companies, institutions in the US in skid design and manufacturing to service and we are very confident that we will build an American export opportunity.”

Global Estimators based in Ireland’s Donegal Gaeltacht, already service multimillion construction projects across America and Europe. This trade mission will introduce their Global Estimating business to a wider audience and allow them to tender for large construction estimating jobs in the greater Boston area and beyond. Global Estimators specialise in construction cost estimating, providing an unbeatable service in cost estimation for large and small-scale projects both local and international. Using the latest in computer technology to calculate, display and provide materials lists and costs for contractors in the building industry along with their friendly staff has drawn companies to work with them.


Eamonn Gallagher, Managing Director of Global Estimators, said, “Using state of the art construction estimating software allows us to reduce the amount of time it takes to cost estimate a project by up to 30%, it allows us access to plans, instantly helping us to bid more work in less time. We can share large scale project plans online with the subcontractors and we can work from any location at any time. In fact, the time difference between us and our clients in the States is an advantage. We have a report on all of the costings waiting in our clients inbox by the time they start work the next day. We Face Time or Skype our meetings in the afternoons and it feels like the client is in the office with us. Our software allows us to integrate easily from measurements to materials and, combined with our teams framing experience and client base, this gives us huge advantages in the industry.”

“One of the most important factors now for our business is connectivity. We can access markets in the states rapidly. The US is already our largest export market and it has been growing year on year, due to the service we provide, our competitive edge and offering, our industry knowledge and our proven track record of delivering”.

Both companies pride themselves on being reliable and professional companies with many years of experience in the construction industry. Commenting on the trade mission Kieran Connor said “the US dollar makes Irish exports massively competitive at present. The fact that we are getting a chance to meet and network with potential clients knowing that we will be cost competitive, will be our primary focus for this trip”.

15 businesses from across the Northwest region of Ireland will be participating in an overseas trade mission with a view to expanding or further expanding their business in the US market this week. This follows on from an initial successful trade mission in 2016 to Boston by Derry City and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, along with other participating organisations including, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Invest NI, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College.

This mission has a trade and investment focus as well as an educational focus and is building on the work done since 2008 on developing the Northwest’s cultural, political and economic linkages with the City of Boston and the wider Massachusetts knowledge corridor. Businesses from Ireland’s Northwest, participating in this mission are from a range of sectors including the creative digital, agri-food, advanced manufacturing and life sciences sectors

Pictured above: Malachy Connor, AE Global & Eamonn Gallagher, Global Estimators