As the ground was broken yesterday on a 44-acre site on the Old Kilmeaden Road, for a new 95,000 sq. ft. facility which will employ 150 people by 2018 the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Eric Green said that Waterford emerged a clear winner from a number of sites they looked at throughout Europe.
The Waterford facility will manufacture packaging components for insulin injector cartridges and other high-value packaging components for injectable drugs, to meet increasing customer demand and the jobs to be created will be in engineering, production, operations and scientists will also be employed.
Eric Green also said that the 44-acre site on the Old Kilmeaden Road will allow for future expansion of the company in Waterford where the total workforce could reach 250-300.
In addition to providing jobs West Pharma also plans to roll out its ‘West Without Boarders’ programme which will see its employees select local charities to support through fundraising and through donating their time to support.
Announcing ‘West Without Boarders’ Eric Green donated a cheque for €10,000 to Barnados Children’s Charity to be spent exclusively on its Waterford organisations which supports 200 children and their families in Ballybeg and in Dungarvan.
Waterford Healing Arts Trust which is located at University Hospital Waterford also received €10,000.