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Border forklift firm to create 200 jobs

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has opened a 50 million euro global headquarters and manufacturing plant in Monaghan.

A forklift manufacturing firm is creating 200 jobs in Monaghan.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement at the opening of Combilift’s new 50 million euro global headquarters on Thursday.

The company, which manufactures construction machinery and exports to 89 countries worldwide, was founded 20 years ago.

It currently employs 550 people.

Combilift plans to create the new posts over the next three years and is looking for skilled technicians, design engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists, as well as those with mechanical and electrical mechatronics skills.

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Combilift headquarters opened

It is hoped the new research and development and testing centre, which measures more than 46,500 square metres, will help the firm double its output over the next five years.

However, Brexit remains one of the biggest challenges, with some 10% of the workforce living across the border in Northern Ireland and a quarter of Combilift’s products exported to the UK.

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