Limerick in running for massive call centre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

limerick could be in line for a huge jobs boost after it was confirmed that a US company is considering opening a call centre here.

limerick could be in line for a huge jobs boost after it was confirmed that a US company is considering opening a call centre here.

An unnamed American firm has sounded out auctioneers in Limerick, seeking a substantial office building where it is expected it would employ 1,000 people in sales and marketing roles.

The company is looking for 9,290 square metres, and high level sources in the city have confirmed that they have had communications with agents for the firm – which cannot be named due to commercial sensitivities.

One possibility is the company could choose to locate is the former Dell manufacturing facility, once home to 1,900 staff.

This site - currently being sold by DTZ Auctioneers on behalf of Dell - can accommodate 1,010 car parking spaces, and also has 9,000 square metres in office space.

It is understood the company is hoping to proceed with its expansion into Ireland by early next year.

Following the loss of 1,900 jobs at Dell computers in January 2009 – and the loss of hundreds more in sub-supply firms – politicians from across Limerick pushed for the area to be designated as an IDA priority.

Since earlier this year, almost 300 IDA-backed jobs have been confirmed for Limerick.

But the creation of 1,000 jobs would be by far the biggest boost yet – and would represent more than half of the number let go from Dell in January 2009.

“There has been a level of enquiry, for a very significant space, well in excess of 50,000 square feet.

There is genuine interest out there. There have been a number of visits to the Mid-West region,” one city auctioneer told the Limerick Leader.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 22, 2011