Three men are cutting a ribbon to mark the opening of a BD facility.
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and BD Drogheda’s Liam Dillon. Image: Maxwells

BD hiring for 50 more jobs at new medtech facility in Drogheda

8 Dec 2021

The new BD production facility represents a $70m investment from the company, which has been operating in Drogheda for more than 60 years.

Officially opening a new production facility in Drogheda today (8 December), global medtech company BD said that half of 100 jobs created at the site have been filled.

The company plans to fill the remaining 50 jobs by 2023, as production at the new facility scales to full capacity. Jobs will be available in engineering as well as production, machine operations, logistics, management and administration.

“We see this expansion as a commitment to the local economy in Drogheda and surrounding areas,” said the Drogheda medical site director Liam Dillon.

“I believe that the commitment to quality by the BD team here will attract further investment from BD Global in the near future and in turn create additional career opportunities in Drogheda,” he added.

BD has operated a facility in Drogheda since 1964 and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, TD, welcomed its sustained presence in Co Louth. “BD, working with its skilled workforce in Drogheda and supported by the Government and the IDA, highlights what can be achieved in this country,” he said.

The new 52,000 sq ft facility represents an investment of $70m at the Donore Road site, which currently employs more than 240 people.

BD Drogheda is a major global exporter of medical equipment, and investment in new equipment will expand the production of syringes at this site.

BD also operates an 80,000 sq ft R&D facility in Limerick as well as sites in Dublin and Enniscorthy.

Information on jobs available at BD can be found on the company’s careers website. It is currently hiring for roles in Drogheda including electro-mechanical and engineering shift technicians.

The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan welcomed the news for the north-east region. “Today’s announcement exemplifies IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning jobs and investment in regional locations,” he said.

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