Bill Doherty, MD of Cook Ireland
MEDICAL devices manu-facturer Cook Ireland has unveiled plans which will see it build a new facility in the National Technology Park to create a “campus” for the firm.
Cook Ireland, which employs 850 people in Limerick, is set to add around 50 new staff to the company in 2018, following the building of a new three storey ‘data centre’ on a 2.7 hectare site opposite its current headquarters.
It is seeking planning permission from Limerick City and County Council for the development on the site at the O’Halloran Road.
Cook Medical’s customer facing workers, including regulatory staff, IT support and financial staff will move into the new building once it is completed, with construction expected next year.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Bill Doherty, the firm’s managing director in Ireland, and vice-president for Europe the Middle East and Asia (Emea) said the expansion is necessary because many of Cook Medical’s staff are in leased accommodation at Hamilton House.
This new office development will ensure the company no longer has to rent.
”The reason we have gone for planning permission is, over the years, we have continued to grow, but we have been leasing accommodation, and we feel the time is right to build ourselves. We will be building opposite the main plant, so we would be integrating this customer service centre with the plant into a campus type set-up,” Mr Doherty explained.
In supporting documents submitted to the planning authority, it is stated that the firm will add “an additional 46 new staff after the proposed operational opening year”.
Mr Doherty added: ”This is the reason we are building this. We have continued to grow organically over the years. We are out of space, as we continue to grow. We are constructing this new building as we continue to expand.”
Cook Medical opened in Limerick in 1997, with staff there designing and distributing medical devices to customers across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa in the areas of gastroenterology, urology, obstetrics and gynaecology.
Mr Doherty said: “Our business in Limerick is very good. We did have some challenges over the last number of years, but we are in a very challenging market. Our sales are continuing to grow globally, particularly in Emea. We are seeing strong growth in areas like the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Our core market in Western Europe in the healthcare services is challenged – but we are still seeing growth”.
Limerick City and County Council is expected to make a decision on the application in the next three months.