LIMERICK County Council has cleared the way for Analog Devices to begin the expansion of its new research and development facility in Raheen.
In a move which will see more than 260 jobs created - including some 100 permanent positions - the planning authority has moved fast to give the Boston-based semi-conductor manufacturer the green light.
According to the plans lodged at County Hall, Analog is seeking permission for a unit to house the 100 new staff who will be employed as part of a new research and development project.
The former M&Q plastic buildings, and the former Essilor building will shortly make way for a new 140,000 square foot facility providing office accommodation for design engineering staff, as well as associated laboratories, a canteen and other ancillary facilities.
The two-storey building will be adjoined with the main Analog Devices manufacturing centre via a bridge, while the plans also provide for increased car parking space, shrubbery and a high security fence.
The building will have large open plan office areas, cellular offices, meeting rooms, laboratories, and a large canteen.
The construction project is expected to cost in the region of €50m, and will create 168 much needed jobs in the construction industry.
A spokesperson for Analog Devices welcomed the fact that County Hall had acted so quickly to approve the €50m project.
“We are delighted to move to the next stage of the development of the planned R&D facility at our Limerick campus. We are happy to build on our 35 year heritage in Limerick through this continuing investment programme,” the spokesman told the Limerick Leader.