Aviation maintenance company Dublin Aerospace has officially opened its new landing gear facility in Ashbourne, which will see staff numbers at the Meath location rise from 75 to 150 once fully operational.

Since 2009, the company has expanded from just 18 people in Dublin - to a team of over 500 across Dublin, Ashbourne, and Exeter in the UK.

The company said it is currently hiring for a number of positions, with roles advertised for electricians, technicians, mechanics, painters, document controllers, production planners, and health and safety officers.

The €12 million investment in the new Asbourne facility is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland, and Dublin Aerospace shareholders.

Specialising in Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 landing gear overhaul and spread across a 70,000 square foot area, the new facility has capacity for up to 350 overhauls per year.

"With four new Electro-Plating Lines, Light and Heavy machine shops, dedicated inspection, and NDT centre, in addition to cleaning and assembly shops, this unit can accomplish all the tasks required for a complete overhaul under the one roof," the company said in a statement.

Conor McCarthy, CEO, and Chairman of Dublin Aerospace said they started the company "out of adversity" during the 2009 financial crisis.

"We have managed to grow, compete profitably, and succeed ever since," he said.

"The opening of our new Landing Gear Centre is a true testament to the proficiency of the team, their hard work and their commitment to our customers," he added.

"We pride ourselves as being a learning and training organisation, with over 100 young men and women in training at any time, with ambitious plans to increase this number in the near future," Mr McCarthy said.

Speaking at the opening of the new facility Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Dublin Aerospace is a case study in "triumph over adversity".

"The €12 million investment by Dublin Aerospace and the Government through Enterprise Ireland is a real vote of confidence in what I believe, will be a very strong recovery in the industry," he said.