200 jobs 'part of fightback for economic blackspot'
MORE than 200 new jobs at a medical device facility represent part of the "fightback" of Waterford and the southeast following unemployment setbacks in recent years, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Speaking at the confirmation that Nypro Healthcare is to establish a manufacturing facility at the IDA industrial park in Waterford city, Mr Kenny said it was "a very significant day," with 200 "high-quality jobs" for the city.
Both Mr Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton travelled to Waterford yesterday for the jobs announcement because, Mr Kenny said, "this Government is unashamedly the most open administration in the context of job creation and opportunities for the people".
The €60m development should be seen as the rebranding of the region's image, according to the Taoiseach.
"Let this be part of the fightback of Waterford and the southeast region, to claim its rightful place as an attractive location for investment and job creation in our country."
The Taoiseach said his recent visit to the United States indicated to him there was "phenomenal" interest abroad in investing in Ireland.
"Through the Government's action plan for jobs, we are refocusing the entire economy back to exports, enterprise and innovation."
Nypro previously made printer cartridges but that business migrated out of Ireland, including a number of jobs in Waterford, and the company has reinvented itself in this country as a manufacturer of drug delivery and diagnostic devices.
It has operated in Bray, Co Wicklow, since 1980 and, vice-president James O'Gorman said that the latest growth phase was built upon the skills, work ethic, creativity and drive of the Nypro Ireland team.
"We now plan to create over 200 positions in Waterford to manufacture complex respiratory and injection devices for our pharmaceutical customers worldwide," he added.
Mr Bruton admitted the southeast has "suffered disproportionately" from unemployment but said the number of IDA Ireland site visits to the region had tripled recently.
Among the jobs in Waterford are healthcare engineers and technicians.