Two firms plan to create 650 new jobs
MORE than 400 new jobs and 250 temporary jobs have been announced by two firms.
A company formed by ex-smokers to make e-smoking products has announced 80 new jobs and said it could be employing up to 1,000 people within a year.
And the motorway service station company Applegreen has said it will create 360 full-time jobs over the next 18 months with the opening of six new service forecourts.
The new jobs for e-smoking products were confirmed yesterday in Waterford by Healthier Smoker Ltd, which was established two years ago and now employs 300 people.
Company spokesperson Stephen Ryan said the company is "leading the way" in international best practice.
"Even the Chinese are buying from us in preference to their own manufacturers," he said. "The fact that we have a 95pc retention rate among people trialling the liquids speaks for itself and the response from customers certainly attests to it."
Meanwhile, Applegreen said that as well as the 360 full-time jobs, an additional 250 temporary jobs will be provided in the construction of the new service areas.
The first new forecourt was opened yesterday at Junction 14 off the M11 in Wicklow, while others are under construction in Co Tipperary, Co Dublin, and Co Waterford.