WATCH: Day dawns on 600 Shannon jobs

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AN American company, which has promised an estimated €80m investment and 600 jobs in the Mid-West of Ireland over the next few years, opened its doors for business at its site in Shannon Free Zone this Wednesday.

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, is planning to hire about 60 people in Shannon this year in various functions, such as production staff, engineering and professional management, with the majority of these positions already filled.

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Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, and employing more than 12,000 people globally, Edwards Lifesciences recently announced the company’s establishment in Ireland, which will over the next several years result in an estimated €80m investment and 600 jobs in the Mid-West of Ireland.

This Wednesday morning, Minister of State for Employment, Pat Breen TD, hailed the first day of business at the Shannon site as very positive for the Mid-West before congratulating everyone involved in bringing it to fruition.

“The presence of Edwards Lifesciences is a vote of confidence in the capacity of the Mid-West to attract one of the world’s most progressive and innovative companies and it sends a signal to others that this is a location worth considering. My Department and the IDA will continue to support Edwards as it develops its operations, and we wish the company every success in Ireland,” he said.

Plant manager, Nathan Tenzer, said Edwards Lifesciences look forward to getting their operations in Shannon underway and continuing to work closely with the communities in the Mid-West as they pursue their longer-term plan of opening a purpose-built facility in the region.

The company is continuing to hire new employees at its initial facility in Shannon. People interested in applying for a position can find out more information and submit applications at www.edwards.com/irelandjobs.