US biomedical company to expand Clare facility with 70 new jobs

Alan Owens

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A great win for Clare: Beckman Coulter has received planning for new facilities at its Clare plant

A great win for Clare: Beckman Coulter has received planning for new facilities at its Clare plant

US biomedical company Beckman Coulter is to expand its development and manufacturing facility in Clare, creating 70 new jobs.

Planning permission has been granted for the facilities by Clare County Council at the company’s strategic 9,700 sq. metre site at Lismeehan in County Clare, with the expansion to create 70 jobs over the next two to three years, it said.

The IDA Ireland supported project will provide capacity for two new product streams at the Clare site, already home to the global Beckman Coulter Diagnostics business, with 330 people working there.  

The new expansion will add an additional 6,700 sq. meters to the facility, which is located in Tulla, near O'Callaghan's Mills.

Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD said: “Beckman Coulter’s expansion is a great win for County Clare, the Irish Government and the IDA. As Minister for Employment I warmly welcome the creation of 70 additional jobs over the next two to three years.

"This is a great boost for Clare and the Mid-West Region. This expansion now places Beckman Coulter to the forefront of the biomedical testing industry and the investment made by the company also allows for ongoing growth of current product streams.” 

Beckman Coulter, which develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, uses the site for development, manufacture and support of reagents (mixtures for use in chemical analysis) for clinical chemistry, immunochemistry and haematology product lines.

Piers Devereux, VP of Operations for Beckman Coulter, said: “We are excited to build out our site here in County Clare. The caliber of the local workforce and the excellent support we receive from the community really sets this site apart.

"Our Ireland presence is essential for Beckman Coulter to achieve our vision of advancing healthcare for every person."

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan hailed the expansion as "very welcome news". 

"Regional investment is a top priority for IDA Ireland. Supporting established companies to grow and add jobs is a key focus for us and this expansion, adding significant additional capacity to the Lismeehan site, will be of great benefit to County Clare the Mid-West Region.

"It will also act as a strong reference seller for this regional location. It demonstrates substantial commitment by Beckman Coulter to the County Clare site. I wish the company every success with this new phase of development."

Recruitment for the new positions will commence immediately and roles include scientist, engineering quality, manufacturing and other support functions.