Up to 150 new jobs are to be created over the next three years in Dundalk, according to the chief executive of the company involved, Prometric.
Speaking at the formal announcement today, Michael Brannick said they company had chosen Dundalk for a variety of reasons, including its location and workforce available to the company.
Prometric is establishing a global test development service business. The company already has a staff of around 75 in Ireland and is expected to start recruitment immediately for the Dundalk facility.
''Our decision to invest in Ireland allows us to expand our employee base globally, work in closer proximity to many of our customers and to provide test development services virtually around the clock," said Michael Brannick, president and CEO of Prometric.
"Over the past several years we have made considerable investments expanding in Asia with good result. Making additional investments in Europe makes just as good business sense, as we operate a growing and global company,'' he added.
"This announcement by Prometric is very significant for Dundalk and will provide excellent employment opportunities in the North-East region,'' commented IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O'Leary.
''Ireland is experiencing strong growth in international business services - a key target area in IDA's strategy which is contributing significantly to Ireland's impressive export performance," he added.
Meanwhile, US company Landesk Software also announced this morning that it is to create approximately 15 new jobs with the establishment of an international financial services centre in Dublin.
IDA Ireland is also assisting the company with the new jobs.