Regeneron highlight ‘outstanding’ talent pool in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

The former Dell plant in Raheen, where Regeneron are setting up an operation. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
NEARLY 60 staff have already been hired for Regeneron’s plant in Limerick, with the company describing the local talent pool as “outstanding”.

NEARLY 60 staff have already been hired for Regeneron’s plant in Limerick, with the company describing the local talent pool as “outstanding”.

Regeneron expects to employ up to 300 people in Raheen by the end of 2016, including scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel.

The company said they have hired over 50 staff, made 61 offers, and 48% of those have studied at UL or LIT, with 81% of their new workforce native to Munster.

Another 19 jobs with Regeneron are currently being advertised online, and a flood of CVs are again expected, as the company earlier highlighted that they received nearly 1,500 applications for the 300 positions.

In addition, the company now have more than 400 contractors on their site to get the former Dell property for the major US bio-pharmaceutical company.

“Their progress is impressive, and I’m confident our $300m project will meet its deadlines,” said Daniel Van Plew, senior vice president and general manager of industrial operations and product supply at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

“We’re up to about a dozen inbound flight and hotel stays a week, numbers that surely will increase as the project progresses. “We’re happy to be here and look forward to having a positive impact. We strive to be a good neighbour, as well as a dynamic and rewarding company that people compete to work for.”

Mr Van Plew said their growing team of Limerick employees has “contributed significantly to the success of the project to date, and will be at the heart of the growth that we expect to see in the future.”

“We look forward to hiring additional employees and working together to discover, develop and produce medicines that help patients,” he said.

Gerry Carreau, commercial manufacturing director, said “Limerick is an important addition to our global production and supply pipeline, enabling us to extend our market reach and further ensuring continuity in the supply of medicines for patients.

“Finding the right people for the right jobs is critically important, and so far the people we have hired have been outstanding. We’re very pleased with our experiences to date, which affirm the company’s choice to grow in Limerick,” said Mr Carreau.

Alan Benson, maintenance supervisor, originally from Limerick, will spend a few months in New York learning the details of the company’s processes, before replicating them in Raheen.

- For jobs see www.cpl.ie/regeneron