A Suwanee company that develops software for the cable television industry is investing about $6.5 million in its research and development center in Cork, Ireland.

Billy Kelleher, Ireland’s minister for labor affairs, announced Sept. 3 that Arris Group Inc. is making the investment.

“This is excellent news as the investment is leading-edge R&D and will further secure the existing Arris operations and employment at the Cork site,” he said.  “The decision to locate such a strategic investment at the Cork site was influenced by its success to date, for which the Cork management and workforce are to be congratulated.”

Arris Communications Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of the Suwanee-based parent company, employs 52 people in Cork.  It was established in 1999 as Com21 Ireland Ltd. but was acquired by Arris in 2003.

IDA Ireland, the government-sponsored organization to attract international investment, supported the company’s acquisition and subsequent investments in the center.

Charles Cheevers, Arris’ chief technical officer for Europe, said the Cork facility develops video applications and the new investment will be used to upgrade technology there.

The company has offices in eight U.S. cities and subsidiaries in Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea and Spain.

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