A little known fact about the Rio Olympics is that Mergon International in Co Westmeath was responsible for seating those attending the events.
130,000 seats were manufactured by the Castlepollard-based company and transported in good time for the Olympics.
The company is a multinational with manufacturing plants in the US and the Czech Republic.
Their world headquarters is in Castlepollard where an expert workforce manufacture a range of automotive products which are sold to leading car manufacturers. The company is also active in the healthcare and industrial packaging sectors.
On a recent visit to the Mergon Castlepollard plant Independent MEP Marian Harkin was briefed on the company’s progress and discussed possible outcomes from Brexit and the regulatory role of the European Union relating to the company’s activities.
Expressing admiration for the progress of Mergon, which was founded in Ireland and expanded overseas, Marian Harkin said that the company was a heartening example of how a company in a rural area, with vision and a focused workforce, could service customers across the world and in the process become a multinational organisation with its world headquarters in Ireland’s midlands.
“The management and staff of Mergon, through good training, dedication and outstanding performance, deserve a gold medal for their Rio performance,” remarked Ms Harkin.