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More job announcements on the way say IDA

GALWAY has received a jobs boost after healthcare company Zimmer announced 250 new jobs for the county.

The company, which is a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal health care, will create the jobs over the next five years at its facility in Oranmore.

The company established a manufacturing facility in Shannon in 2007. It currently employs 330 people.

It will invest over €51m in its new Oranmore facility to manufacture orthopaedic implants.

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said manufacturing is a sector the Government had specifically targeted as part of its jobs plan.

He added that in recent years there had been an impressive jobs performance in this area, after years of decline during the 2000s.

"When I launched the action plan for jobs three years ago, we sought to revive manufacturing, provide a regional spread, and set ambitious targets for employment. This announcement shows we are delivering that.

"We are seeing the regional spread but we also have ambitions for the future. We are now with the IDA framing a strategy for the next five years and we have the ambition to drive that further. We want to ensure we are well position to ensure Ireland can exploit opportunities," he added.

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said he expected further strong announcements in the coming weeks.

"When we launched our annual results two weeks ago I said I expect the first quarter to be strong. We have seen some evidence of that this week.

"This announcement from Zimmer, with 250 jobs going into Oranmore in Galway, Abec going into Fermoy with 100 jobs. These are very strong announcements for these areas. We have had a spread of very strong announcements and I expect some very strong announcements in the coming weeks," he added.

Adrian Furey, General Manager for Zimmer Ireland said it constantly assessed its worldwide operations and logistics network and this project is a direct result of that process.

"Zimmer has had a very positive experience of doing business in Ireland. We are looking forward to building on the success of our Shannon operation by expanding in Galway. Our Shannon facility will continue to be our flagship for Ireland and we will continue to invest in our operations there," he added.

The new facility will also be home to the sales and marketing division for a direct sales force in Ireland, supplying hospitals and orthopaedic surgeons with implants for hips, knees, extremities, spine and trauma.

The facility will also be home to a state of the art professional education center, attracting professional health practitioners from around the world.

The recruitment for all positions will begin in the coming months. A link to the positions can be found here www.irishjobs.ie/zimmer