Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has hailed the announcement of 85 new jobs at the new Rathkeale Enterprise Centre as a “red letter” day for the area. The jobs will be created over the next five years as part of a major expansion of local company DesignPro.
Design Pro, a leading provider of precision automation and machine build services to a variety of industries such as pharmaceuticals, aviation, automotive, cosmetics and renewable energy sectors currently employ 25 people in the centre. The jobs announcement was made at the official opening of the enterprise centre this Monday.
The Design Pro facility is situated on a 7.5 acre site, was formerly owned by Andersen, which closed in 2013 after almost 40 years of operation there. Opening the centre, Minister Noonan said it represented the recovery in the Irish economy.
“Huge credit for this goes to Design Pro Ltd for their continued dedication to innovation and excellence and the other companies that will be based here. But enormous credit also to Limerick City and County Council, through Innovate Limerick, for stepping into the breach created by the loss of Andersen, being proactive in the face of this loss and really turning things around by acquiring the building and creating the ecosystem here for enterprise to flourish.”
DesignPro owner and founder Paul Collins said is was a “significant day for DesignPro as we move to another exciting phase of our development and growth”.
“We are proud of the fact that we have built this business from here in West Limerick to an extent that we are relied on as a creative and highly professional partner to some of the world’s largest multinationals. Our move into this new facility will enable us accelerate the growth trajectory we have been on over recent years,” said Mr Collins.
For details of Career Opportunities visit the Design Pro website.