Technology park provides jobs boost for Kerry
Published 01/06/2010 | 12:00
More than 50 jobs are to be created in Co Kerry by two top multinationals, Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe announced today.
Leading wind turbine manufacturer Enercon is to set up a technical services operation in the Tralee Technology Park, generating 30 jobs over the next two years.
Meanwhile, software firm Straker will create 25 posts when it establishes its European headquarters in the park.
Mr O'Keeffe said the announcements were important indicators of Ireland's economic recovery and the south-west's ability to attract world-class firms.
"The town is well served by a wide skills base in Tralee Technology Park, good transport links and high-calibre graduates from Tralee Institute of Technology - three crucial deciders in the process of drawing firms such as Straker and Enercon to Tralee," he added.
Straker, which develops software allowing websites to be run across several languages, will service client needs across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US east coast from the Tralee hub.
The 25 degree-level jobs will be in sales, technical support, technical development and administration.
German firm Enercon, which employs more than 12,000 people worldwide, will be recruiting staff at technical and management levels for its IDA-supported move.
"This investment reflects Ireland's reputation as a major hub for investment in the rapidly developing clean technology sector," IDA chief Barry O'Leary said.
"Major overseas investors have already recognised the advantages of locating such investments here, and Ireland also has a rapidly growing indigenous clean technology industry.
"I am delighted that Enercon will join this base of innovative companies carrying out strategically important clean technology operations here."