Jobs boost with €40m investment at Sligo medical devices centre

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A further 50 jobs are to be created through a €40m investment at the Abbvie medical devices plant at Ballytivnan in Sligo.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Employment, Richard Bruton attended for the announcement yesterday (Monday) morning by the biopharmaceutical company that it will further expand its medical device manufacturing facility in Ballytivnan over the next four years.

The company’s manufacturing site in Sligo currently produces drug delivery devices, including a pen-style injector that is used by patients around the world who use AbbVie’s treatment indicated for a range of auto-immune conditions.

The site is AbbVie’s global ‘centre of excellence’ for medical device manufacture with precision engineering, plastics moulding and metrology (the theoretical and practical aspects of measurement).

See this Thursday’s Sligo Weekender for the story of how a plant which had 17 employees just two years ago has expanded to a stage where it now has a workforce of 75 and the new investment will increase that over the next four years to 125 jobs, most of them high-end skilled jobs for third-level graduates.

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