Michael Noonan TD, the Finance Minister along with Richard Bruton, Minister of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation announced that more than €100 million will be invested by Vistakon Ireland in its expansion of manufacturing operations, creating around 100 new construction jobs for highly skilled personnel at its National Technology Park site in Plassey, Limerick.
The employment process of these level three positions is expected to be finished halfway through the year. Also, it is anticipated that the construction phase, lasting 18 months, will create temporary positions mounting up to 200. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation will be supporting this investment with IDA Ireland.
The establishment of Vistakon Ireland took place in the year 1996 in Limerick. The company markets, designs, and manufactures the well-known ACUVUE® collection of disposable soft contact lenses. It is the world’s most famous brand. This, among numerous other Johnson & Johnson corporations functioning in Ireland, employs 1,990 people in totality.
Addressing the subject, Minister Bruton explained that the expansion of employment within manufacturing is an important component of the plans made by the government for increasing growth and jobs, and amid the steps that have been taken by them ever since the office was resumed, is setting up a group that’s industry-led, impelling the formation of 20,000 jobs within this sector.
The announcement is great news when it comes to the Mid West as a world-leading corporation will be expanding its Limerick operations, creating 100 new jobs along with the temporary 200 construction jobs. Also, it will gain Ireland a key vote of manufacturing confidence. The Minister said that he was determined to make sure that the announcement is made into reality through the Jobs Action Plan, creating the required employment.
Since 1996, Ireland’s Vistakon has played a key role in providing employment along with being a crucial exporter. Minister Richard Bruton TD, said that he was happy to make this investment announcement and wished success within the Mid-West to the company along with its personnel.
Speaking over this announcement, the company’s Manufacturing Vice President of its International Supply Chain, Paul Connolly, said that the reason Limerick was selected for this advantageously investment is because of the region’s history in providing excellent consumer service and quality products to markets all over the world. Mr. Connolly further added that he was grateful to IDA Ireland as it was quite instrumental in assisting their ongoing development and growth.
According to Minister Noonan, Ireland’s Vistakon has respectfully employed numerous individuals in the Mid-West for over a period of 15 years. The company has a widespread network of national and local suppliers providing services and goods, all significantly contributing towards the Irish economy.
The announcement was welcomed by Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, stating that Johnson & Johnson had substantially contributed to the economy of Ireland, particularly to the Mid-West area. With the added investment provided by the largest developed healthcare company in the world is quite a positive advancement towards the future. A key area of target for the IDA, the industry of Life Sciences continues to develop as it is quite strategically important for Ireland.