Press Statement Monday 8th April 2019
100 jobs new jobs at Johnson & Johnson Vision & €100M expansion investment in Limerick– O’ Donnell
–Approximately 200 jobs to be created during the construction phase
Limerick Senator Kieran O’ Donnell has welcomed this morning’s announcement that Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) will be adding approximately 100 new roles as part of about a €100M expansion of its manufacturing operations at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.
Senator O’ Donnell said ‘Today’s announcement by Johnson & Johnson is terrific news for Limerick and Castletroy. It further illustrates the attractiveness of Limerick and the MidWest for multinational companies. This is a vote of confidence in the quality of our workforce and the high standards of graduates from of our third level institutions. I will continue to work towards keeping Limerick competitive in attracting jobs by ensuring investment in the region, by way of jobs and infrastructure projects.”
The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. Approximately 200 additional workers are expected to be employed in the construction phase of the expansion to the company’s Vision Care facility.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister of State for Trade, Employment & Business Pat Breen TD said: “I very much welcome Johnson and Johnson Vision Care’s expansion of its operations in Limerick and of course the approximately 100 jobs that will be created. It is a huge vote of confidence in the Mid-West region. The expansion, supported by the Government through the IDA, reflects the commitment of the Government and its agencies to pursue balanced and sustainable regional development.”
John Lynch, Plant Leader, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) said: “Our aspiration at Johnson & Johnson Vision is to bring improved eyesight to people around the world and the most important way we accomplish that is through the research, development and manufacturing of new medical device technologies. We believe that the new manufacturing roles being introduced in Limerick in 2019 will be foundational in helping us bring new, innovative contact lens products to our patients and customers around the world at an industry-leading pace.”
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is a significant announcement. Already the world’s largest contact lenses manufacturing plant, this expansion by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care of the Limerick facility represents not just a substantial financial investment but a considerable commitment to its Limerick operations. The approximately 100 jobs being added, along with those being created in the construction phase, will greatly benefit the economy of the Mid West region. Having a company of this stature continue to expand its operations enhances Ireland’s global reputation as a Medical Technologies centre of excellence and demonstrates how global companies can successfully operate in regional locations. I wish John and his team continued success.”