By PSW Staff • June 21, 2016 Rory Winston (R) and Penn Elcom chairman Roger Willems (L) Penn Elcom is launching Penn Elcom Ireland, a new all-encompassing facility and operation which will spearhead expansion in a growing market and be headed by Rory Winston. Penn Elcom chairman and founder Roger Willems stated, “The Irish pro entertainment industry market shows definitive signs of recovering from the economic dip, there are many installations and other projects happening and flourishing! It’s been our intention to open a base there for some time, but then circumstances converged to make this a really opportune time.” These circumstances include Winston becoming available to run Penn Elcom Ireland and also the 7000 square foot warehouse facility in south County Dublin coming on-stream, so with these two huge pluses, Willems activated the plan. Stock of Penn’s extensive standard flightcase hardware and accessories and its most popular 19-inch rack ranges will be available for Irish clients from stock. Winston has been in the flightcase business since the late 1980s … and has known Roger since the early 1990s initially through purchasing Penn products for his then company’s cases. He took a break from the world of flightcases in 2008 … returning to the scene with a bang in 2016 after being head-hunted by Willems. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Rory’s caliber taking care of the operation” continues Willems, “he brings a vast fund of experience, particularly in flightcase manufacture, excellent communication skills and large contact base to the equation. That and the fact that we’ve known each other for 25 years or so … make him an ideal choice” Winston adds, “I’m hugely excited to be running Penn Elcom Ireland. Penn’s brand is incredibly strong, the products are fantastic and renowned for quality and being well-engineered, and that’s why most of the most prolific flightcase manufacturers want Penn products on their cases. Having known and respected Roger and the core team for so long, it’s a real honor to now become properly part of the Penn family.’ Winston will initially be working alongside other key personnel at the Dublin base and new staff will be recruited as the company grows. He thinks the current Penn ranges of 19-inch racking will have a big impact across all sectors of the Irish installation market. The Irish base will also mean fast delivery of relevant in-stock items purchased through Penn Elcom Online, the new e-commerce portal launched in January offering a convenient ‘anytime’ sales outlet for over 4000 product lines. Penn Elcom Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Announcements Business International Manufacturer Penn Elcom · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!