Vistakon Ireland have announced an of over €100 million euro in its Limerick facility. The investment creates 100 production jobs and 200 temporary construction jobs.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and  Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, made the announcement that Vistakon Ireland plans to invest over €100 million in the expansion of its manufacturing operations and create 100 new highly skilled jobs at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.

Vistakon Ireland, was established in Limerick in 1996  The company designs, manufactures and markets the ACUVUE® range of soft disposable contact lenses, the world’s number one brand.  It is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing a total of 1,900 people.

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said “Expanding employment in manufacturing is a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and among the steps we have taken since coming into office is establishing an industry-led group to drive the creation of 20,000 jobs in this sector. Today’s announcement that this world-leading company is expanding its operations in Limerick with the creation of 100 new jobs, as well as 200 temporary construction jobs, is great news for the Mid West and a major vote of confidence in manufacturing in Ireland. I am determined to ensure that we build on this announcement through the Action Plan for Jobs to create the employment we need”.

“Vistakon Ireland has been a major provider of employment and an important exporter since 1996. I am delighted to announce this investment today and wish the company and its staff continued success here in the Mid-West.“

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Connolly, a Vice President of Manufacturing within the company’s Global Supply Chain said “Limerick was chosen for this strategically important investment because of its track record over many years in providing quality products and excellent customer service to markets around the globe.”

“I would like to acknowledge IDA Ireland which is a key partner for us in our ongoing growth and development.”

Minister Noonan said:  “Vistakon Ireland has been a highly respected employer in the Mid West Region for over fifteen years.  It has an extensive network of local and national suppliers for goods and services, all of which contribute significantly to the Irish economy.”