Some 60 jobs are to be created in Loughrea, Co Galway by subsidiaries of Portuguese multinational Mota-Engil, which is establishing its UK and Ireland HQ in the town.
The IDA-supported investment will see waste and water company Glan Agua and engineering company MEIC open offices in Loughrea.
Glan Agua Limited and MEIC Limited are owned by the Mota-Engil Group, a leading company in the construction and infrastructure management sector in Europe, and by GKM, a holding construction company.
‘It shows that companies can locate in regions once the necessary infrastructure and skilled workforce is available’
– SEAN CANNEY TD, MINISTER FOR STATE
The company said the establishment of a UK and Ireland HQ will help it increase operations within the environmental engineering and construction sectors.
“With the opening of new offices and the goal of creating 60 new jobs in Ireland in the coming years, Mota-Engil is reaffirming its commitment to this market and our intent to continue to invest in this country in order to be a leader in the technical areas in which we operate,” said Mota-Engil’s CEO Gonçalo Moura Martins.
“We are also committed to developing career opportunities and training for young local engineers to expand our activity, not only in Ireland but also in the UK.”
Mota-Engil is a Portuguese multinational with operations in 22 countries. It owns 294 companies employing 29,000 people worldwide.
Founded in 2008, its subsdiary Glan Agua has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading providers of design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance services within the water and wastewater sector.
The company, which currently employs 63 people, began operations in the Enterprise Centre in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. MEIC was founded in 2007 by Mota-Engil and GKM Construction and has since delivered a number of key infrastructure and building projects in Ireland
Glan Agua and MEIC will be looking to fill a number of positions, including civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers, to facilitate their expansion.
A boost for Galway
“This project adds a new client business to IDA’s growing engineering base in Ireland and delivers a quality investment for east Galway, which is a key regional location for IDA, creating an extra 60 high-value jobs,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.
Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Sean Canney TD added that the investment will be a boost to Loughrea and the wider region.
“It’s very positive for a town the size of Loughrea to win an investment like this. It shows that companies can locate in regions once the necessary infrastructure and skilled workforce is available.”
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