A clothing company is to create 55 jobs as part of a major expansion of its operations in Westport, Co Mayo.

Portwest says it expects to double its turnover in the next four years. 

The company makes protective clothing and equipment, which is sold in over 100 countries.

It is forecasting that turnover will increase from €125m to €250m a year by 2020.

That growth will see an increase in the number of staff employed in Westport from 75 currently, to 130.

The additional jobs form part of a €4m expansion, which will lead to a doubling in size of the Portwest head office in the town.

The company says it will hire additional design, sales, marketing and HR staff.

It is also planning to acquire a number of companies in Australia and the US in the coming years.