Some 55 new technology jobs have been announced in Kerry by Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe TD. Software firm Straker will create 25 new jobs in Tralee while the world’s largest wind turbine maker ENERCON will establish its technical services operation in the town.
Both firms will locate in Tralee Technology Park.
O’Keeffe described the announcements as “important indicators of Ireland’s economic recovery and our ability to attract world-leading firms to the south-western region”.
“The town is well served by a wide skills base in Tralee Technology Park, good transport links and high-calibre graduates from Tralee Institute of Technology – three crucial deciders in the process of drawing firms such as Straker and ENERCON to Tralee,” said O’Keeffe.
Straker, an emerging leader in the field of web localisation, will establish its European headquarters and customer support hub in Tralee Technology Park.
The company recently won contracts with Sunlife, the European Commission, and a number of large exporters in the US.
The European headquarters will service client needs across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US east coast.
The 25 degree-level jobs will be in sales, technical support, technical development and administration.
ENERCON, a German wind energy company, manufactures wind turbines and component parts. It employs more than 12,000 workers worldwide.
The Tralee-based operation will service Ireland and Britain and the jobs will be at technical and management levels.
By John Kennedy