Multi-million Euro Investment To Provide Jobs Boost For Shannon

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60 new positions are being created in Shannon this year by a company which has pledged to create hundreds of positions in the Mid West.

Edwards Lifsciences Corporation is planning an 80 million euro investment in a purpose-build manufacturing facility here.


Edwards Lifesciences is a California-based medical equipment company specializing in artificial heart valves and other developments related to heart disease

In a development that has been supported by the IDA, the company has now announced plans to invest 80 million euro in a new manufacturing facility that will be located at an unspecified site in the Mid West.

This is expected to be completed by 2020 and, once it is fully open, will employ around 600 people.

The company’s first foray into this region is in Shannon, where Edwards says it’s planning to hire around 60 people from June of this year in various functions, such as production staff, engineering and professional management, to work at its initial site in the Shannon Free zone.

The company says a talented workforce with experience in medical technology was a key factor in attracting it to Ireland.

Minister for Jobs Heather Humphries will be among those on hand at the formal announcement of today’s news in Shannon.