A firm that makes protective covers for mobile phone handsets will create 50 new jobs in Cork over the next two years, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe TD.
OtterBox, a US-based protective solutions firm, will set up a new headquarters in George’s Quay, Cork, for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) market.
The firm designs and produces device-specific protective covers for smartphones and hand-held mobile phones.
The new positions will be across in-house sales, customer service, accounting, engineering, public relations, marketing, web design, graphics, supply chain, human resources and warehousing.
O’Keeffe described OtterBox as an “innovative firm that has grown rapidly in line with an expanding smartphone market”.
“OtterBox is a market-leader in the design and production of high-quality and durable protective covers for the hand-held mobile phone market. The firm’s decision to establish its EMEA headquarters in Cork reaffirms the county’s global reputation as a hub for innovation and advanced product design and production, with access to an educated and skilled workforce and modern transport infrastructure,” he said.
O’Keeffe went on to say that the Cork operation would be at the heart of the firm’s global growth.
The managing director of OtterBox EMEA, Matt Clark, said: “This has been a very exciting year for OtterBox with the opening of the EMEA office here in Cork and OtterBox’s inclusion on the INC 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the US. As the company expands, we are looking to firmly establish our presence in the EMEA market and Cork is the perfect location for that.”
Recruitment is under way at present.