Saturday 21 April 2018

Lifesciences company to create 60 jobs in the Mid-West

Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Mark Condren
Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Mark Condren
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

US-headquartered Edwards Lifesciences has chosen the Mid-West of Ireland for the location of a new plant.

The company, which is focused on innovations for heart disease and critical care monitoring, plans to hire around 60 people in Ireland this year in various functions including production staff, engineering, and management.

Staff will initially work at a site located in the Shannon Free Zone, while the company builds a purpose-built manufacturing facility in the Mid-West.

Once the new facility, which is expected to be completed by 2020, is fully operational, the company expects to employ approximately 600 people.

Edwards’ investment in the project is expected to amount to around €80m.

"Choosing this location included many considerations, but an important one is a talented workforce with experience in medical technology," Joe Nuzzolese, Edwards’ corporate vice president, global supply chain, said.

"We look forward to becoming an integral part of the local community through engagement and philanthropic support, and providing educational and professional opportunities for our employees."

The Mid-West facility, which is similar to an existing facility that the company operates in the US, will initially be configured to support the manufacturing of therapies that enable minimally invasive procedures on patients’ aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves, where open heart surgery would previously have been the norm, the company said.

The news was welcomed by Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, who described it was a "very significant regional investment."

"It will provide even more opportunities for local residents and communities to grow and thrive," Minister Humphreys said.

"My department, through the IDA, is committed to supporting Edwards as it establishes operations in Ireland and as the company continues to develop its innovative heart valve technologies."

Meanwhile the IDA described it as "terrific news for the region and for Ireland."

The company expects to begin hiring new employees in Shannon by June.

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