A €2.5 million investment has been announced by Pallas Foods at its main distribution in Newcastle West.
In 2018, the company made a commitment to an investment programme at the location, which employs upwards of 300 people across a range of functions.
The development work, which gets underway this month, will involve a complete modernisation of the facility.
Alongside renovations of existing structures, a shared services centre to include a customer development kitchen and showrooms, will be created.
In addition, a new gym, restaurant and training rooms, will be built for the 300 people currently employed at the site. Planning permission has been granted for the development work by Limerick City and County Council.
Chief executive Peter Jackson said that the latest investment was significant both to the team in Limerick and also to the wider Pallas Foods organisation.
“We are ambitious for the continued growth of our business across the Island of Ireland and Newcastle West has always played an important role in that ambition.
“The modernisation and development of our facility here will strengthen our ability to service customers ongoing as well as providing an enhanced working environment for current and future employees.
“This investment of €2.5mn in our facility in Newcastle West will underpin the long-term future of Pallas Foods and Sysco in the town and will bring wider benefits to the local economy.”
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the commitment by Pallas Foods and Sysco to the community of Newcastle West.
“Balanced regional development with businesses and jobs located outside the main cities is key to future economic growth in this country”, he said.
“As the local representative for the area, I believe this announcement is evident of the strong role Newcastle West will continue to play in the Pallas Foods business.”
Pallas Foods has had an operation in Newcastle West since the 1980s. The completion of the development is scheduled for next February .
Pallas Foods also recently signed a letting agreement on an 83,000sq ft facility at Little Island in Cork. The Grade A building has been completely revamped and undergone a multimillion-euro investment in advance of the deal with Pallas.