Director of Economic Development with Limerick Local Authorities welcomes Vistakon Ireland Investmen

Director of Economic Development with Limerick Local Authorities welcomes Vistakon Ireland Investment

Tom Enright, Director of Economic Development with the Limerick Local Authorities has welcomed the announcement by Vistakon Ireland of 100 production jobs and 200 temporary construction jobs as a vote of confidence in Limerick as an excellent place to do business.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD today announced that Vistakon Ireland plans to invest over €100 million in the expansion of its manufacturing operations and create 100 new highly skilled jobs at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.

“I complement the IDA in facilitating the delivery of these new jobs and other recent job announcements,” Mr Enright said. “There is a growing interest by companies who are looking carefully at Limerick as a place to locate to and it is hoped that further announcements will be made in the coming months.

I also welcome the fact that recruitment for these new third level positions with Vistakon, one of the major employers in Limerick over the last twenty years will start shortly and be completed by mid-year. The delivery of new jobs to Limerick City and County is hugely important to the local economy and the implementation of plans to revitalise the City Centre so today is very welcome news.”

Vistakon Ireland, was established in Limerick in 1996  The company designs, manufactures and markets the ACUVUE® range of soft disposable contact lenses, the world’s number one brand.  It is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing a total of 1,900 people.

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said “Expanding employment in manufacturing is a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and among the steps we have taken since coming into office is establishing an industry-led group to drive the creation of 20,000 jobs in this sector. Today’s announcement that this world-leading company is expanding its operations in Limerick with the creation of 100 new jobs, as well as 200 temporary construction jobs, is great news for the Mid West and a major vote of confidence in manufacturing in Ireland. I am determined to ensure that we build on this announcement through the Action Plan for Jobs to create the employment we need”.

“Vistakon Ireland has been a major provider of employment and an important exporter since 1996. I am delighted to announce this investment today and wish the company and its staff continued success here in the Mid-West. “

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Connolly, a Vice President of Manufacturing within the company’s Global Supply Chain said “Limerick was chosen for this strategically important investment because of its track record over many years in providing quality products and excellent customer service to markets around the globe.  

“I would like to acknowledge IDA Ireland which is a key partner for us in our ongoing growth and development.”

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said  “Vistakon Ireland has been a highly respected employer in the Mid West Region for over fifteen years.  It has an extensive network of local and national suppliers for goods and services, all of which contribute significantly to the Irish economy.”

Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO, Barry O’Leary said “Johnson & Johnson’s  contribution to the  Irish economy and the Mid West region in particular, is substantial.  This further investment by the world’s largest diversified healthcare company is a very positive development for the future. The Life Sciences industry which is a key target area for IDA, and is of strategic importance to Ireland, continues to grow.”

ENDS

 

Last update:14/01/2013

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