100 new jobs have been created in medical technology company BD Drogheda after a €62m investment in new equipment to expand its production of syringes at its Donore Road site.

The new 30,000sq ft facility has started production and 50 of the 100 new jobs have been filled.

The remaining positions will be filled over the next two years as production reaches full capacity.

The skill sets required include engineering, production, machine operations, logistics, management and administration.

Liam Dillon, BD Medical Site Director in Drogheda, said the company's ongoing investment in the Co Louth facility reflects its commitment to its employees and the local community.

"We currently employ over 240 associates at the plant. Many are the second generation of family members joining the company. We see this expansion as a commitment to the local economy in Drogheda and surrounding areas," Mr Dillon said.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the company's continued investment in Drogheda, since 1964, has contributed to quality healthcare in Ireland and to the local community.

The investment is supported by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment through IDA Ireland.

Chief executive of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said that today's announcement by BD is welcome news for the North East region.

"BD is a significant employer across Ireland where it has four sites, including here in Drogheda where it has been in operation for almost 60 years. Today’s announcement exemplifies IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning jobs and investment in regional locations," Mr Shanahan added.