Bio-tech firm creates 242 jobs
Almost 250 new jobs are being created at a major bio-technology company in Co Antrim.
Randox Laboratories in Crumlin is recruiting 242 new staff as part of a £15.8 million expansion.
The investment is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered £2.4 million of assistance.
Randox specialises in the development of sophisticated chemical and biochemical diagnostic tests and devices, primarily targeted at hospital, clinical and veterinary laboratories.
The company currently employs over 850 people worldwide, including 620 in Crumlin.
The investment will see facilities upgraded and the strengthening of the sales, marketing and production capability. The new jobs will be created across those functions and will collectively deliver £5.6 million annually in salaries.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement.
"Randox is one of Northern Ireland's most successful and respected companies," she said. "It has grown steadily since it was set up in 1982 and, through a firm focus on research and development, has established itself as a world player with an international reputation for excellence.
"This significant investment will enable the company to increase sales of its innovative products in the growing medical diagnostics market, which is a multi-billion pound industry and one in which Randox continues to excel."
Managing director of Randox Laboratories Peter Fitzgerald said: "Invest NI's ongoing assistance has been a key element in our growth and the support for this project will help us to continue to honour our commitment to improving healthcare worldwide."