Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Limerick today for a jobs announcement at H&MV Engineering in Plassey
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has hailed a Limerick engineering firm, which is doubling its workforce, as “one of the great success stories of the Mid-West”.
Mr Varadkar is at the headquarters of H&MV Engineering in Plassey this Friday lunchtime, where the company is announcing 150 new jobs, to bring the number of people it employs locally to 300.
Set up in 1997, H&MV is a specialist in high voltage transmission and distribution systems.
Its expansion comes after a 2015 management buyout of the firm led by its now chief executive PJ Flanagan and executive director John Stokes.
Mr Varadkar said: “Innovative, indigenous companies like H&MV are a driving force in the Irish economy. The Government has very ambitious plans for the Mid West region. I am committed to the construction of the M20 between Limerick and Cork.
“Limerick is doing well economically, but we want it to do better and want it to be a good place to work, study and live, competing with Dublin, Cork and Galway. To help this region to thrive we are going to continue to invest in infrastructure, including projects which will improve access to regional locations, and which will in turn be of benefit to companies like H&MV.”
Mr Flanagan was in fact the first electrical apprentice to be hired by H&MV 20 years ago.
He said: “The company plans to increase the number of electrical apprentices, electricians, design engineers, graduates, project managers, skilled industry specialists and support staff not alone in Ireland but at our international bases. Currently H&MV is working as the principal contractor for major turnkey projects in Europe and we are ambitiously expanding into new markets and territories.
“We have a presence in Ireland, Britain, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and South Africa and plan to be operational in other countries in the near future. We firmly believe our success stems from the entire team at H&MV Engineering. Our core values are loyalty, integrity, commitment, working safely, teamwork and passion. It’s all about our people.”
H&MV Engineering is an Enterprise Ireland backed company.
Jerry Moloney, Enterprise Ireland's mid-western regional director said: “H&MV Engineering is an exemplary example of an innovative Enterprise Ireland client company that is expanding internationally and creating employment domestically. Today’s announcement is a hugely positive development for the company and for employment in the Mid West.”
H&MV executive director Mr Stokes added: “We have developed our own training centre here in Limerick and offer among other specialist courses, the only City & Guilds High voltage switching and operations accredited course in the country. Our training facility enhances our ability to deliver our tailored apprentice and graduate development programmes.
“It provides our staff with the platform to develop their career and achieve promotion from within the organisation. This also provides our team with the skillset and knowledge to deliver our projects to the highest international quality and safety standards that exceed client expectations.”