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€35m J&J investment in Limerick to create up to 200 jobs

9 Mar 2022

Limerick has seen a surge of STEM jobs announcements in the past week.

Johnson & Johnson Vision has announced a €35m investment in its facility in Limerick with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs over the next three years.

These jobs include roles required for the construction phase of the project. Jobs will also be created across operations, automation and process engineering, and quality control.

Recruitment is already underway for a number of positions available. These include IT roles such as lead data engineer, supply chain data analyst, lead software developer and Salesforce developer.

Johnson & Johnson Vision is part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech and specialises in the research, development, design and manufacturing of products for eye health, such as contact lenses. The US-headquartered company is behind daily use Acuvue lenses as well as Tecnis intraocular lenses for cataract patients.

The Limerick site is one of the largest manufacturing operations across the organisation. It opened in the mid-1990s and now has a workforce of about 1,600.

“This investment allows for the continued growth of our facility in Ireland,” said Gaspar Zuniga, VP of supply chain for Johnson & Johnson Vision.

Limerick TD Niall Collins said: “This investment by Johnson & Johnson Vision in its Limerick plant is significant, and clearly signals their desire to drive and commit to expanding their advanced manufacturing footprint in Ireland.”

Mary Buckley, executive director at IDA Ireland, welcomed the announcement as “very good news for the mid-west region”, which also saw Johnson & Johnson’s Cerenovus unit announce a €50m investment at its Galway campus last month.

“This announcement demonstrates IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning foreign direct investment for regional locations,” Buckley added.

Last week, US chip giant Analog Devices, which has had a presence in Limerick since the 1970s, announced plans for 250 new jobs in Ireland by 2025. Canadian company Kneat Solutions, led by Limerick-man Eddie Ryan, is also planning an expansion with up to 100 jobs to be created at its new facility just outside Limerick city.

More information on jobs at Johnson & Johnson Vision can be found via the company’s careers website.

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Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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