The announcement of 70 new jobs in East Clare has been described as an opportunity to keep young people in the area.
US biomedical firm Beckman Coulter is to expand its facility in Lismeehan, near Tulla, in the new year and bring its total workforce to around 400.
Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports:
Beckman Coulter already employs 330 people in its operations at Lismeehan, near Tulla.
It’s a welcome boost by the firm, which closed its Galway plant three years ago but remained committed to the Clare base.
The biomedical firm will embark upon its expansion in the New Year and the vacancies will be filled over the next two to three years.
Clare Fine Gael Junior Minister for Jobs Pat Breen says its a vote of confidence in Clare.
The expansion will add a further 6,700 square metres to the already sizeable 9,700 square metre development at Lismeehan.
It’s supported by the government through IDA Ireland – and will provide capacity for two new product streams as well as the ongoing growth of their current streams.
Planning permission has already been grantedm with construction to get underway in January.
Clare county chair of the ICMSA Martin McMahon, who’s from nearby O’Callaghan’s Mills, says it’s a welcome opportunity to keep young people in the area.