Belfast Telegraph

Warner Chilcott expands and moves

By Margaret Canning

Global pharmaceutical business Warner Chilcott is set to open a new headquarters in Dundalk, Co Louth.

The Republic’s inward investment agency IDA said up to 200 new job could be created at the headquarters, expected to house analytical services and manufacturing operations to support the company’s operations in the EU.

Warner Chilcott operates in the gastroenterology, women's healthcare, dermatology and urology segments of the US and Western European pharmaceuticals markets and has grown into a major concern since being spun out of Warner-Lambert in 1996.

Its headquarters are in Ardee, Co Louth but it also has manufacturing facilities in Larne.

Mary Coughlan TD, the Republic’s deputy prime minister and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, attended the announcement in Dundalk yesterday.

She said: “I am delighted that Warner Chilcott has chosen Dundalk for this important operation. This development is excellent news for the north-east region and Ireland as a whole.

“Dundalk is one of Ireland’s busiest economic corridors, between Dublin and Belfast, and today’s announcement will bring new high quality employment opportunities to the region.”

Roger Boissonneault, Warner Chilcott’s president and chief executive officer, said: “We are excited to establish a new headquarters in Dundalk and are delighted with the support being provided by IDA Ireland. We anticipate that the new facility will play an integral role in the growth of our business.”

US-founded Warner Chilcott was acquired in 2000 by Craigavon-based Galen Holdings, though the company took the name of Warner Chilcott.

Belfast Telegraph