US pharmaceutical company Regeneron to create 200 more jobs at Limerick site
Two hundred jobs are being created at a pharmaceutical company in Limerick, it has been announced.
Regeneron said it was investing 350 million US dollars (309 million euro) at its industrial operations and product supply plant in the city.
The company acquired the former Dell Computer facility in Limerick two years ago for its first such facility outside of the United States.
At the time, some 300 new jobs were announced.
Dan Van Plew, general manager of the plant, praised Limerick for helping the company expand its operations further at Raheen Park.
"The entire community has gone out of its way to welcome us and help us create the momentum we need to build this site," he said.
"Our people - your countrymen - have done something remarkable.
"In less than two years we have brought a dormant building back to life, and are well on our way to building a complex, high-quality facility in industry-leading time.
"Our hundreds of current employees, contractors and trades people are top notch."
Mr Van Plew said the decision to create another 200 full-time roles "was an easy one" to make because of their experience in Limerick over the last two years.
"We are growing, and we need talented people to join us in creating something truly special here in Limerick," he added.
Regeneron has been ranked the number one employer in the biopharma industry by Science magazine.
Forbes Magazine named it one of the world's most innovative companies.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said Regeneron's decision to expand is testament to the talent pool and attractive business environment.