Major jobs boost for West Limerick

Major jobs boost for West Limerick

Conn Murray, David Neylon, Stephen O' Donovan, Rose Hynes, Mayor Kieran O' Hanlon, Minister Patrick O' Donovan, Derry McMahon, Peter Byrne, Niall O'Callaghan and Pat Daly making the announcment

MORE than 100 new jobs are to be created in Newcastle West by leading biomaterial and polymer technology company, Ortec Inc.

The company, which is headquartered in South Carolina, has announced it is to establish its European Headquarters, Manufacturing and Operations Centre in the town, creating up to 110 skilled engineering and science jobs over the coming years.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Founded in 1980 Ortec offers custom materials which are used in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other health-related industries.   

The company, which is privately owned, says it will commence its manufacturing operation in a 13,000 square-foot leased building at Newcastle West Business Park. 

It plans to double capacity at the facility in the coming months subject to planning permission.

“This is our first investment outside of the US, and we are pleased to be doing it in Ireland. It is a strategic part of our global expansion. Bringing the project to this stage has required a great deal of collaboration. We have received tremendous support from IDA Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, Shannon Properties, and a multitude of local professional advisors," said Christopher Brotherton, Senior Vice President with Ortec.

Local TD and Minister for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan says the jobs announcement is a “once in a lifetime event” for Newcastle West.

“The promoters and the wider Newcastle West community are really thrilled to welcome Ortec to our home town," he said.

"This is a fantastic endorsement of the promoters of this project and our community, and we all look forward to working successfully with the company for many years to come. Today’s announcement is a great boost for Newcastle West and the surrounding areas and is evidence of what is possible for manufacturing companies in regional locations."

"I wish both the Ortec and promoters every success with this project,” he added.

Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins said such jobs announcements must "become the norm" for county Limerick.

"This is fantastic news for Limerick and shows that Limerick can be a leading choice for companies looking for a high-quality workforce,” said Deputy Collins.

"When the IDA and the Department of Jobs focus on attracting new employers to rural counties such as Limerick, they succeed. I hope that they will continue to focus on Limerick and the wider Mid-West region for site visits.

“However, we cannot get complacent. A jobs announcement like todays should become norm for the people of Limerick. That should become the priority.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have an expertly education workforce, with UL and LIT, providing some of the best education employees in the country.

“Ortec should be congratulated for choosing Limerick, and Newcastle West in particular. These new jobs will be of significant importance in kick-starting other enterprises in the region," he added.

See this week’s broadsheet editions for full coverage and reaction.