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Over 100 new jobs for Limerick city

Over 100 new jobs have this Wednesday been announced for Limerick with a £100 million expansion of Vistakon's facility in Plasse.

The contact lens manufacturer, a subsidiary of American multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson, is already recruiting for 124 new positions which are to be filled in the coming two years.

It is understood most of the posts will be for engineers and technicians of various descriptions and will require a college diploma or higher qualification.

Jim Canny, Vice President - Global Supply Chain, Vistakon, said: "this development is part of Vistakon's aggressive growth strategy to capitalise on the global contact lens market's huge potential."

"Limerick was chosen for this investment because of its track record in achieving targets and its success with a number of the company's product development initiatives. We continue to work closely with IDA Ireland in our ongoing growth and development," Mr Canny said.

Making the announcement in the city this morning, Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin revealed "the Limerick operation faced tough competition for this investment and the management and workforce here are to be congratulated for securing it."

The company had exceeded its job targets and invested twice the original amount anticipated, Minister Martin said.

Meanwhile the only other Cabinet Minister not jetting off overseas for St Patrick's Day, Defence Minister Willie O'Dea, said: "there is an important message which today's news will send out to other major global players - that Limerick is a city worth investing in strategically and economically. It is proven that the workforce and environment in Limerick will benefit business," Minister O'Dea stated.

One quarter of Johnson & Johnson's total existing Irish workforce of 2,000 b are employed at Vistakon, which 1 opened in Limerick 10 years ago. The 1 new announcement means over 620 people will be working there within two t years.

State-of-the-art production lines, ~ imported from Japan for the IDA-supported expansion of the plant, have started arriving in Limerick in recent days.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Vistakon designs, manufactures and markets the Acuvue range of soft disposable contact lenses, which according to the company is the world's leadingbrand.


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