70 new jobs confirmed for Beckman Coulter

70 new jobs confirmed for Beckman Coulter

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An East Clare company that manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, has confirmed that creation of 70 jobs over the next two to three years.

Beckman Coulter is expanding its development and manufacturing facility at Lismeehan, near Tulla. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

The company’s 9,700 sq. metre site is a strategic site for the global Beckman Coulter Diagnostics business, with 330 people working there. The new expansion will add an additional 6,700 Sq. meters to the facility. Planning permission has been granted for the new facilities by Clare County Council and construction is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Development, manufacture and support of reagents (mixtures for use in chemical analysis) for clinical chemistry, immunochemistry and haematology product lines are currently carried out at the site.

The expansion will provide capacity for two new product streams at the Clare site, and will also provide for the ongoing growth of the current product streams.

Piers Devereux, VP of Operations for Beckman Coulter, said, “We are excited to build out our site here in County Clare. The caliber of the local workforce and the excellent support we receive from the community really sets this site apart. Our Ireland presence is essential for Beckman Coulter to achieve our vision of advancing healthcare for every person.

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is very welcome news. Regional investment is a top priority for IDA Ireland. Supporting established companies to grow and add jobs is a key focus for us and this expansion, adding significant additional capacity to the Lismeehan site, will be of great benefit to County Clare the Mid West Region. It will also act as a strong reference seller for this regional location.  It demonstrates substantial commitment by Beckman Coulter to the County Clare site. I wish the company every success with this new phase of development.”

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD said: “Beckman Coulter’s expansion is a great win for County Clare, the Irish Government and the IDA. As Minister for Employment I warmly welcome the creation of 70 additional jobs over the next two to three years. This is a great boost for Clare and the Mid West Region. This expansion now places Beckman Coulter to the forefront of the biomedical testing industry and the investment made by the company also allows for ongoing growth of current product streams.”

Recruitment for the new positions will commence immediately. Roles include scientist, engineering quality, manufacturing and other support functions. Interested applicants can apply via the Careers page on the Beckman Coulter website found at: https://www.beckmancoulter.com/wsrportal/wsr/company/careers/overview/index.htm

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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