ONE hundred new jobs are to be created in Limerick as part of a multi-million euro expansion by Vistakon in Plassey.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan have announced that Vistakon Ireland, which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, will invest over €100million in the project.
Around 200 construction jobs will be created during the expansions works, which will see the construction of four new production lines at it’s facility in the National Technology Park.
The expansion is expected to completed by the end of 2014 and recruitment for the new positions is expected to begin in the summer.
There are currently around 650 people employed by Vistakon in Limerick, which manufactures contact lenses.
Speaking at the announcement of the investment, Paul Connolly, Vice President of Manufacturing within Vistakon’s global supply chain said: “Limerick was chosen for this strategically important investment because of its track record over many years in providing quality products and excellent customer service to markets around the globe.”
Minister Michael Noonan said: “Vistakon Ireland has been a highly respected employer in the Mid West Region for over fifteen years. It has an extensive network of local and national suppliers for goods and services, all of which contribute significantly to the Irish economy.”
Barry O’Leary, ceo of IDA Ireland, added: “Johnson & Johnson’s contribution to the Irish economy and the Mid West region in particular, is substantial. This further investment by the world’s largest diversified healthcare company is a very positive development for the future. The Life Sciences industry which is a key target area for IDA, and is of strategic importance to Ireland, continues to grow.”
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