E-cigarettes maker Rossport Pharmaceutical exploring new markets
An Irish maker of e-cigarettes which started out as a stall in St George's Market, Belfast is to create 138 new jobs at a new production site in Co Galway.
Rossport Pharmaceutical, which was founded by Brian Geraghty, said it was 'on-shoring' the production of its Nicofresh e-cigarettes away from China, were most e-cigarettes are made.
The company also sells its products through stalls and shops known as 'Kix' in five shopping centres around Northern Ireland.
While Rossport Pharmaceutical has based manufacturing and distribution at the new production site in Corr na Mona in Co Galway, the Nicofresh company is registered in Northern Ireland.
Founder Brian Geraghty was living in west Belfast when he started selling the product from a stall in St George's Market.
Mr Geraghty said: "On-shoring the production stage will allow Rossport Pharmaceutical to ensure consistent quality control of its products, expand the company's offering in a rapidly developing marketplace, and provide local employment." The new jobs are supported by the regional authority, Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Mr Geraghty added: "This facility, provided by Údarás, has allowed us to undertake our expansion plans in Corr na Móna and will ensure the development and growth of our business into the future.
"We are seeking to recruit graduate pharmaceutical, research and development, production, marketing, logistics roles at this site in the coming months."
Rossport said it plans to open more stores, increasing employment from 55 to 264 by next year.