BD's birthday gift of 20 new jobs
Published 14/05/2014 | 05:28
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) celebrated its 50th anniversary in Drogheda with two massive presents – a €16 million investment in new equipment and the creation of 20 new jobs at the Donore Road facility.
The investment and jobs at the company, a leading global medical technology firm, are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Since 1964 the company has continually invested in technology, innovation and training and, over the past five years, BD has invested nearly €73 million in its manufacturing plants in Drogheda and Dun Laoghaire.
BD produces BD PosiFlush syringes, safety components for insulin pen needles and lancet blood sampling devices in its Drogheda facility, and employs more than 450 people between its two plants,
'Our additional and ongoing investment in our Drogheda facility reflects BD's commitment to our associates, the local community and advancing the manufacture of high-quality products that contribute to the health and well-being of patients worldwide,' said Jerry Hurwitz, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at BD.
'To be in operation for 50 years is a great testament to the workforce in Drogheda and I am extremely grateful for the contributions of the many associates who have worked with us since we opened our doors in Ireland.'
Roland Goette, Vice President and General Manager of BD Medical – Medical Surgical Systems, Europe, announced the €16m investment.
Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd represented the Government at a special lunch to mark the 50th anniversary .
'BD has been at the heart of Drogheda since 1964 and the company has consistently invested in the research and development of new products and provided thousands of local residents with training, development and careers,' he said.
'The company's announcement of a further investment is very exciting news and we thank BD for its continued work in Ireland. As a former associate at the company in 1967, I am well aware of the pride the management and staff have always taken in their work. This pride, matched with continued investment by the company, positions BD Drogheda for continued success in the future.'
Since BD started production on Donore Road in 1964, thousands of local people have been employed at the facility and billions of syringes and medical devices have been produced.