100 jobs announced for pharma company in Tralee

Pharmaceutical packaging company Central Pharma is to create 100 jobs over the next five years in Co Kerry.

The privately-owned British company said Ireland offers it a stable environment post-brexit.

Central Pharma is a leading provider of packaging and supply chain services for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies worldwide.

It will be based at IDA Ireland’s newly constructed Advanced Technology Building at the Kerry Business Park in Tralee, which shares a 45-hectare campus with the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Speaking at the announcement in Tralee, Central Pharma’s CEO Alwyn Smit said that post-brexit, Ireland offers the company a stable environment from which to service its European customers.

He added that the hi-tech building and its location on the same campus as IT Tralee with its STEM faculty, played a major role in the company’s decision to locate in Kerry.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin TD welcomed the announcement saying it would be a huge boost to the economy of the county.

The IDA Advance Technology Building in Tralee is one of a number of hi-tech manufacturing and office buildings recently created by the IDA at regional locations across the country.

CEO Martin Shanahan said the jobs announcement proved the value of that investment as a tool to boost employment in the regions.