THE IDA job creation agency has set up a team in Limerick to target smaller firms from abroad which may choose to locate here in Limerick.
As well as big multi-national employers like Dell, and Vistakon, the IDA is looking to target the “second tier” of firms which may be looking to expand.
It comes as a new report shows that the agency created almost 500 jobs in Limerick last year.
The job creation agency, which has been maligned in recent years for not delivering significant investment for the city, made five major jobs announcements in Limerick last year, leading to the creation of approximately 424 jobs here.
The details, contained in the IDA’s annual report, come as a boost to Limerick which is still suffering significantly high levels of unemployment.
Gilt Groupe, an American online retailer of luxury and designer goods, set the ball rollin in April 2011 when it opened a customer support centre in Annacotty.
The firm created 100 jobs in the process, with a further 100 going to Dublin.
This was Limerick’s biggest jobs announcement since Cook Medical announced it was to expand its plant in Plassey with the creation of 200 positions way back in October 2008.
In June 2011, Limerick celebrated a double jobs boost with around 200 jobs being created in the same week.
Some two and a half years after letting 1,900 manufacturing staff go from its Raheen plant, Dell announced it was expanding again, with a new cloud computing centre in Limerick.
Seventy-five jobs were created in Raheen, with a further 75 in Dublin.
And Teleflex Medical, which manufactures medical devices for a variety of complaints announced an expansion of its plant in Annacotty, with 80 IDA-backed jobs created, the IDA’s annual report shows.
In July last year, Analog Devices, which manufactures semi-conductors, announced 100 jobs in Raheen. ON Semiconeductor in the autumn announced a further 69 IDA-backed positions.