The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today announced that Information Technology Shared Services, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., plans to create up to 100 new jobs through the creation of a Development Centre at the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.
Recruitment for these highly skilled, information technology positions will start immediately, and the positions are expected to be filled over the next two years.
This investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland.
Making the announcement Minister Bruton, who has met Johnson &Johnson a number of times in Ireland and the USA since taking office, said: “Today’s announcement that Johnson &Johnson, one of the biggest names in the corporate world, is creating a further 100 jobs in Limerick to add to the 2000 people they already employ across Ireland, is a great boost. Multinational investment plays a key part in our jobs plan, and in recent years we have seen a very strong performance in this area. I wish Johnson &Johnson every success with this project, and look forward to working with them as they continue to develop their operations in Ireland”.
Commenting on the announcement Minister Michael Noonan TD said “Job creation is a priority for this Government and that is why I warmly welcome today’s announcement by Johnson and Johnson to create up to 100 new jobs. I am delighted to see Johnson and Johnson expanding their work force here in the National Technology Park. The company is to be congratulated both for its impressive business growth and its proven capacity to create employment. Today’s announcement is another welcome boost for Limerick and further proof that the Governments strategy in relation to job creation is working”.
Minister of Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD said “This is more positive jobs news for Limerick and I am delighted that Johnson & Johnson is expanding its operations in the City again. The close collaboration between Johnson & Johnson, LIT and UL to enhance the city as an IT hub by providing skilled talent has been central to winning this investment for the Mid-West. It is proof positive of the excellent relationships, with both indigenous and multinational industry, that both LIT and UL are continually developing. This significant investment will further enhance Limerick’s reputation as a dynamic hub for the growing information services sector.”
Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan said: “Today’s announcement that Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. is creating new technology jobs in a new development centre is a great example of how we like to see companies widen their base of activities in Ireland once they have established a successful operation here. Limerick is a great place for foreign companies to locate – IDA Ireland will continue to work hard to make sure that the city continues to enjoy investments like this in the future.”
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has had a significant presence in Ireland since 1935 and currently employs over 2,000 people in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, (Ireland) Limited, was established in Limerick in 1996. It currently employs 900 people in the manufacture of ACUVUE® range of soft disposable contact lenses—the world’s number one brand.
Last April, Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies announced plans to develop a €80 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility providing approximately 270 jobs, also at the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.