As KAON celebrates the opening of our new facility in Cork, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to our Regional Manager, Noel Horgan. Noel, who hails from Midelton, Co. Cork, originally joined KAON back in 2010 when the company was already quite established in the North West.
“At that time I would’ve already had five years’ experience in the industry as a controls engineer but for Kaon, it was a time of a lot of growth, the focus was very much on establishing a strategic approach and scalable methods and it’s fair to say I had to grow a bit myself!” says Noel who spent the next five years working with KAON in Sligo.
“It was all good fun and very interesting but I knew I eventually wanted to settle closer to home,” says Noel. “In 2015, I decided to return to Cork. This was when we had different views on remote working.
“But we kept in touch and when Garreth and Fergus approached me with the idea to create a new branch of KAON in the south of the country, I didn’t need much convincing.”
In 2020, Noel re-joined the KAON team and began working towards setting up the second facility. As Regional Manager, Noel wears a lot of different hats, focusing on establishing the new facility and a technical team to meet customers’ needs in the southern region.
“Working in KAON is never boring that’s for sure. The machinery itself is extremely interesting if you’re technically minded, there’s a great creative element to it, to envisage the solutions that some just love,” he says.
“You’re also working within very technically minded teams both internally and externally so again it’s very challenging but always interesting and very rewarding to see the equipment deliver on our promises and our relationships with our customers grow stronger.”
Outside of work, Noel enjoys music and travel but his mind is never too far from tech! “There’s still that technically-interested side of me too so a fair bit of time is spent reading, watching and learning about whatever is on my mind, mostly EV’s for the past while, I’ve lost count of the amount of breakthrough technologies I’ve read about there!”
With the opening of the new facility in Cork, Noel is on the lookout for talented, creative professionals to join the KAON team. “For some reason automation engineering seems to be a niche profession, but there’s definitely a band of people for who the combination of creativity, technology and the group environment is a great fit.”
If you’re interested in growing your career with KAON, check out our range of roles and get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org