INTEGER plan to begin work on an 80,000sq ft extension to their New Ross plant in September, with a view to hiring staff ahead of its opening, scheduled for the following September.
Last week this newspaper broke the news that the county’s biggest employer was planning the extension to meet increased customer demand for guidewire development and manufacturing.
CEO Pauline Oakes from Fethard confirmed details about the company’s plans in a statement.
“Integer will be increasing capacity at our New Ross facility by 80,000 sq ft and investing significantly in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. Construction will begin in September of this year with the majority of project completed by September 2023.”
Ms Oakes would not be drawn on the percentage growth in production at the plant – which employs around 950 people.
She said: “While we can’t provide a percentage, this expansion is intended to address increasing demand for the guidewires produced at this site, as well as allow for additional opportunities to support our customers’ growth.”
She also could not confirm the number of new staff who will be employed at the plant, saying: “While we do not know specifically how many new associates will be needed, we will continue to grow our New Ross team as customer demand requires.”
On July 14 Integer trading as Lake Region Medical Limited submitted a planning application to New Ross Municipal District council for a two-storey extension at its Butlersland facility, where almost 1,000 people are employed.
The company proposes to build a two-storey (335 sqm) extension to the rear of the existing building. inclusive of two new doors.
This newspaper recently reported about how the company imported expensive equipment from America to expand its services in the town.