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26 May 2022

Planning permission granted for 100-job Tullamore plant

Planning permission granted for 100-job Tullamore plant

The new plant will be built in the IDA business park at Srah, Tullamore

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new pharma plant which could bring an extra 100 jobs to Tullamore.

Zoetis applied for permission to build a second animal health drug manufacturing facility at Srah in November and the company received the conditional green light from Offaly County Council on Friday.

The project represents an investment of about €133m.

The proposed 8,510sq m building is located on a site across the road from the existing Zoetis plant in the IDA business park.

According to planning application documents, 100 people will work in the new facility and 70 in the current plant.

Zoetis, a European healthcare giant, say the expansion will offer an end-to-end production and will include process development and production.

The facility is expected to employ about 100 people when it is fully operational in 2024.

It is estimated that up to 470 will work during the construction phase which will take between 18 and 20 months.

When it is up and running, Zoetis anticipate that the staff profile in educational terms will consist of a significant proportion of third level graduates who have graduated from educational establishments throughout Ireland and abroad.

The workforce will be made up of members of the local community, national and international graduates and European expatriates who have relocated back to Ireland.

Zoetis already has a significant presence in Ireland and along with its Tullamore operations it has manufacturing sites in Tallaght, Dublin and Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, plus a commercial head office in Dublin.

Zoetis acquired Nexvet and the Tullamore site in July 2017 and since that year expand its manufacturing capacity there, including a €1m investment in 2019.

It is estimated that 91 associated jobs will be created in support services once the new plant is operational.

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