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100 new jobs as BD expands medical plant in Co Louth

Conor Trindle
09 Dec 2021, 00:16 GMT+10

CO LOUTH, Ireland - A new 52,000 square foot medical facility has been added to the BD plant at Drogheda, and the new addition was opened on Wednesday,

100 new jobs have been created as a result of the €62 million expansion at BD's Donore Road site.

Production of syringes has already started and 50 of the 100 new jobs have been filled. The remaining career opportunities will be filled in 2022/23 as production reaches full capacity. The skill sets required include engineering, production, machine operations, logistics, management, and administration.

"We currently employ over 240 associates (staff) at the plant. Many are the second generation of family members joining the company. We see this expansion as a commitment to the local economy in Drogheda and surrounding areas. I believe that the commitment to quality by the BD team here will attract further investment from BD Global in the near future and in turn create additional career opportunities in Drogheda," Liam Dillon, BD Medical Site Director in Drogheda said Wednesday.

Representing the Irish government, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the company's continued investment in this plant, since 1964, has contributed to the local community and the country and is now a major exporter of quality medical equipment worldwide.

"BD, working with its skilled workforce in Drogheda and supported by the government and the IDA highlights what can be achieved in this country. I commend the men and women working here for their dedication and quality of service. They have contributed to BD maintaining a strong, sustainable presence in Louth. I also recognise the support of the IDA over the years as it facilitated BD's continued investment here," he said Wednesday.

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On display at the opening ceremony was a raft of artwork created by children of the BD team at Drogheda.

Since BD started production on Donore Road in 1964, thousands of local people have been employed at the facility and billions of syringes and medical devices have been produced. The company has continually invested millions in technology, innovation, and training in the plant at Drogheda, in Co Louth.

CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said Wednesday: "Today's announcement by BD is welcome news for the North East region. BD is a significant employer across Ireland where it has four sites, including here in Drogheda where it has been in operation for almost 60 years. Today's announcement exemplifies IDA Ireland's continued commitment to winning jobs and investment in regional locations."

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