More than 700 jobs announced

More than 700 jobs are to be created in Dublin, Kildare, Galway, and Longford as the result of four separate announcements yesterday.

A €50m expansion of retail outlet destination Kildare Village is expected to create 380 jobs when work on 36 boutiques is complete in November 2015. A total of 120 construction workers will also be employed during the expansion with the contract awarded to Dublin-based Collen Construction.

The project marks the second phase of expansion at the outlet centre outside Kildare Town and will bring the total number of employees to more than 1,000.

Kildare Village director Maria McGovern said the expansion was necessary to cope with increased demand, saying the move would maximise its potential as a shopping tourism destination.

There was also good news on the jobs front for the west of the country yesterday with Valeo Vision Systems’ major announcement that it was to create up to 140 permanent jobs at its Tuam plant in Co Galway.

The automotive supplier is expanding its research and development and operations divisions across 2014 and 2015 and will employ almost 750 people in total when expansion has been completed.

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said: “Valeo Vision Systems is an excellent example of a company that continues to undergo significant transformation in Ireland. Valeo’s decision to expand its workforce by a further 140 people is great news for the West Region and for Ireland, creating top-level career opportunities in Tuam and Galway.”

Pet food company C&D Foods also announced that it is to expand its workforce by 70 people at its Edgeworthstown base in Co Longford.

The company is opening a state-of-the-art pet food pouch manufacturing facility as an extension to the existing plant, which was built in 2007 following a fire and represents an investment of approximately €15m.

“This announcement, so soon off the back of our €40m investment in 2007, increases our capacity to supply our wider European customer base following our acquisition of Arvoit A/S in 2012,” said C&D Foods CEO Phillip Reynolds. “It is further evidence of the success and strength of our Edgeworthstown facility and its significance as part of our European manufacturing footprint.”

Elsewhere, Dublin-based software development company Ammeon is to create 30 high-skilled jobs and is looking for experienced IT professionals and graduates to fill the positions.

Yesterday’s Valeo announcement brings the total number of jobs announced by IDA-supported companies this week to more than 1,100.


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