Jobs boost for Clara

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

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Elevate Polymers in Clara is proceeding to establish its plastics manufacturing facility at the old API plant, with the potential to create up to 40 jobs.

Elevate Polymers in Clara is proceeding to establish its plastics manufacturing facility at the old API plant, with the potential to create up to 40 jobs.

The new venture will manufacture plastic pellets (mainly LLDPE) indoors at the existing buildings from in-house recycled farm plastic only. Initial customers for Elevate Polymers will be plastic film, pipe and panelling manufacturers. These plastic pellets will both exported and sold domestically.

The news has been welcomed by Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen who commented, “Elevate Polymers has been granted planning permission by Offaly County Council to use the API plant for its base of operations, clearing the way for its operations to commence in the weeks ahead. At full capacity the operation could support up to 40 jobs.”

Management have thanked Deputy Cowen for his ongoing work and representations on the company’s behalf.

Deputy Cowen added: “This is a very positive development and I have been in close contact with the Directors of Elevate Polymers. Management have confirmed to me that following approval from Offaly County Council they are now in a position to proceed to the next phase and commence operations in the weeks ahead.”

Local Independent councillor Dervill Dolan has also welcomed the news that planning permission was granted by Offaly County Council to Elevate Polymers.

Cllr Dolan said this is very good news for the Clara area particularly at a time when unemployment is high not just in Offaly but throughout the country.

He noted, “A new manufacturing business in Clara that can create 20 jobs initially with potential to create further jobs at some time in the future is a great boost to the local economy and will benefit not just the new employees who get work at the factory, it will also help existing businesses in Clara with some welcome financial spin off into the local area.”

Cllr Dolan extended his best wishes to the promoters of the new business and he complimented them for identifying a market to reuse and recycle silage bail wrappers and for having the vision to develop the technology to manufacture plastic granules suitable for use in various industry sectors.