Pharmaceutical giant MSD, which is part of the US group Merck, is planning to build a manufacturing facility in Co Carlow which could create more than 100 long-term jobs.
Late last month, MSD submitted a planning application to Carlow County Council to develop the facility, with a decision due in May this year.
The application states that MSD is looking to build a sterile manufacturing facility at the site of its existing biologics formulation and filling facility in Carlow.
The Sunday Independent understands that, if the planning application is successful, MSD could create more than 100 long-term jobs and more than 600 construction jobs at the site.
Planning documents filed alongside the application show MSD plans for the development to have a total gross floor area of over 1.9 acres.
It will include a new two-storey building, incorporating production suites, utilities, a warehouse, workshops, laboratories, offices, and plant rooms.
Recently, MSD has been investing significantly in its Irish operations.
Last May, the Sunday Independent reported that MSD planned to build a new €140m manufacturing facility linked to an existing plant in Ballydine, Co Tipperary. The plant was subsequently approved in August.
It also submitted plans to develop a large solar farm to help power its Ballydine plant – an investment potentially worth over €5m. The solar farm, which was granted planning permission last month, could contribute 15pc of MSD Ballydine’s electrical energy and offset over 3.4 million kilograms of CO2 per annum.
However, last month MSD said it was to lay off 70 people at its plant in Brinny, Co Cork.
MSD Ireland has a team of more than 2,800 employees across its sites in Ballydine, Brinny, Carlow, Dunboyne in Co Meath and Dublin.
To date, MSD has invested approximately $4bn in its Irish operations. Its annual turnover ranks it as one of Ireland’s top 20 companies.