Double jobs boost for Wexford and Waterford

Monday 25 June 2012 15.24
Richard Bruton announces new jobs for Wexford and Waterford
Richard Bruton announces new jobs for Wexford and Waterford

Two companies - EirGen Pharma and Danone Baby Nutrition - have announced the creation of new jobs in the south east of the country today.

Irish pharmaceutical manufacturer EirGen Pharma is to create 30 new jobs in Waterford. The move is being supported by Enterprise Ireland. 

And 45 new jobs are to be created in Wexford as a result of a €20m investment by Danone Baby Nutrition at its manufacturing plant in the town.

EirGen Pharma is an export-focused company that specialises in the development, licensing and manufacture of highly specialised oncology drugs for the global pharmaceutical market.

EirGen Pharma is an export-focused company that specialises in the development, licensing and manufacture of highly specialised oncology drugs for the global pharmaceutical market.

"A central part of the Government's plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous, export-focused companies'', commented the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, today.

"EirGen is a prime example of the successful companies that will help drive our economic recovery. Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, I am determined to ensure that we can see more announcements like this around the country over the coming years," he added.

Meanwhile, the €20m investment for Danone is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland.

It will see an expansion at the Wexford plant, which produces baby and infant formula under the the Aptamil and Cow & Gate brands.

The €20m will fund a new processing and packing line in Wexford as well as lead to increased employment in areas such as operations, food science, engineering and logistics.

The company said the expansion will double the capacity of the facility to 70,000 tonnes annually in finished packed product of brands including Aptamil and Cow & Gate.

Danone has been making Cow & Gate baby products in Ireland for the past 125 years. The company also manufactures the Aptamil product range in Macroom and Wexford.

Construction of the new facility started in March and is due to be completed by January of next year with commercial operations starting in February. A total of 120 people are working on the construction phase of the project.

''Today's announcement that Danone, a world-leading company in this particular sector, is investing €20m in its Wexford manufacturing plant and creating 45 jobs is a real endorsement of the quality of our agriculture and our industry, and is great news for the South East,'' commented the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

He said that building and developing the country's manufacturing industries is a key part of the Government's plans for jobs and growth, and it has committed to achieving a net increase of 20,000 in the number of people at work in this sector by 2016.

Meanwhile, Dawn Meats today opens a processing facility at Carroll's Cross in Waterford that will handle 18,000 tonnes of beef per year for McDonald's.

Dawn Meats recently signed a five year €300m deal to supply beef to McDonald's which last year purchased €110m worth of Irish meat for export.