Alltech opens in Dunboyne
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern yesterday opened the new Alltech European Bioscience and Marketing Centre facility in Dunboyne, Co Meath.Mr Ahern said the investment represented a strong vote of confidence by one of the world's leading global animal nutrition biotech firms in the Irish economy and the quality of its workforce.
Alltech, owned by Irishman Dr Pearse Lyons, has sales operations in 65 countries, and had worldwide turnover last year of $135 million.
The company was founded in 1980, and majors on yeast cultures and extracts, enzymes and organic minerals, flavours and direct-fed microbials.
The new 35,000 sq ft facility at Sarney outside Dunboyne will employ 48 people in marketing under worldwide director Catherine Keogh, in research led by Dr Ronan Power, formerly of UCG, while the Irish sales operation is headed by managing director Aidan Brophy.
Dunboyne will be the company's third bioscience centre, following on the firm's Lexington, Kentucky headquarters and Beijing, China.
Alltech president Dr Pearse Lyons said the Irish investment was central to Alltech plans of supplying naturally-based products that are ``friendly to the animal, consumer, and the environment.''