The jobs front in Athlone and Galway received a boost this morning as it was announced the 200 jobs in Athlone are being created by DPD Ireland and a further 65 jobs in Galway created by Phenox over the next 5 years.
Courier company DPD Ireland announced €13m expansion plans which include the creation of an additional 200 vacancies, 70 of which will be filled by Christmas. The positions range from Technicians, Drivers and administrative staff. The €13m expansion plan includes the doubling of their headquarters in Athlone from 50,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet which is estimated to triple the company’s daily handling capacity.
The company posted revenues of over €50m last year, they currently employ over 1,000 and handle 14 million parcels every year. The year the are projecting to post revenues of over €60m. This morning’s news is no doubt a major boost to the midlands region.
German Engineering company Phenox is opening a manufacturing facility in Galway city, to be located in Ballybrit Business Park, where they plan to manufacture interventional neurovascular medical devices for the treatment of aneurysms and stroke. Phonex claim that the facility will create 65 new jobs over the coming 5 years. Medtronic also announced plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in Galway. This solidifies Galway’s status as a centre for medical device production and also R&D.
Phenox have declared the Galway facility as a key component of their global expansion plans and that it will serve their international markets, such as the US, and also additional support services to Europe.
For more on these announcements see The Irish Times.