Press Release 14 Jan 2013

Investment creates 100 production jobs and 200 temporary construction jobs

Limerick, Monday 14th January 2013 – The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD today announced 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.

“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.Paul Connolly, Vice President of Manufacturing, Vistakon Global Supply Chain

It is anticipated that recruitment of these third level positions will be completed by mid year. In addition, it is expected that the 18 month construction phase will create 200 temporary positions. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

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.”

Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO, Barry O’Leary said “Johnson & Johnson’s  contribution to the  Irish economy and the Mid West region in particular, is substantial.  This further investment by the world’s largest diversified healthcare company is a very positive development for the future. The Life Sciences industry which is a key target area for IDA, and is of strategic importance to Ireland, continues to grow.”

For further information please contact
For Vistakon Ireland:
Elaine Bailey, Manager, Communications and Public Affairs:  +44 07824 416725
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Press Office: T: + 353 1-6312200, E: press.office@djei.ie
IDA Ireland
Gillian Kelly, Regional Press, Communications and PR Executive 087 1789893