LIMERICK has received another jobs boost this week with the news that a top Canadian company is to create 140 new jobs here.
Optel Vision, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, specialises in track and trace and vision inspection solutions for the manufacturing industries.
It is to set up a new European headquarters at the former ON Semiconductor building in Raheen.
The expansion represents Optel Vision’s first operation and engineering services facility outside of North America.
There has been a warm welcome for the IDA-backed announcement, which will see the jobs created over the next five years.
The roles will be created in a variety of roles including engineering, design, assembly, testing, customer support, sales HR and finance.
Optel Vision chief executive Louis Roy said: “Design and Integration of our solutions required a lot of highly skilled persons. Ireland is offering us this unique opportunity in finding motivated and trained resources ready to support our European customers. With the urgency to ensure public safety against counterfeited products, our Ireland operation will position us to be the leading supplier in Europe delivering best quality solutions.”
Finance Minister Michael Noonan added: “The announcement of 140 new jobs in Limerick as part of its European expansion is welcome news. It cements Limerick’s reputation as a critical hub for innovative companies seeking high quality employees. Investment in education and training is a key aspect of the Government’s job creation strategy.”
His Fine Gael colleague, Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, added: “Limerick has a record over a long number of years of manufacturing products for worldwide markets. Optel Vision’s investment is a further development of this history. The company’s investment in Limerick will be a focal point of a major expansion drive. This means that we are at the heart of the strategic plans for a business with major growth potential.”
Set up in Quebec in 1989, Optel Vision develops and installs packaging line vision inspection and control systems for the pharmaceutical, medical devices and chemical industries.
These automated vision systems reduce the health risks associated with mislabelled products, dosage errors and product mix-ups.
Its regional sales director for Britain and Ireland is Barry Long, who hails from Ballysimon,
The company will be present at the Mid-West Jobs Fair in Thomond Park this Thursday, where it will be seeking new recruits.
Dr Orla Borthwick, the interim chief executive of Limerick Chamber, said: “Limerick has a renowned historic strength as a centre for manufacturing excellence, reflected in the fact that this is Optel Vision’s first operation and engineering service outside of North America. We are delighted to hear that recruitment for the 140 jobs that will be created is already underway and we have no doubt that future expansions will occur given the highly skilled and flexible workforce available here.”