MSD Ireland is aiming to strengthen its manufacturing capabilities in order to meet the demand for its vaccines and medicines. Therefore, the company has decided to expand their manufacturing facility in Carlow, Ireland, Moreover, the MSD Ireland will also add 100 new jobs as part of the expansion project.

Carlow’s manufacturing expansion

MSD operates under the trade name of Merck & Co Inc. in United States and Canada. They have started construction of a new facility at their existing site. Moreover, the new facility will emphasize on producing next generation oncology biologics. The Carlow County Council have already granted permission to start working on expanding the manufacturing facility. The company’s Ireland plant started operations in 2008. Significantly, it was Merck & Co. first vaccine manufacturing facility outside the United States. “Our site has become integral to MSD’s global manufacturing operations, continuously punching above our weight to drive innovation to make a positive impact for people and patients, from MSD Carlow to the world.” Marie Martin, the Carlow site lead said in a statement.

100 new jobs at expanded facility

MSD is employing about 530 employees at their existing Carlow’s manufacturing facility. In addition, they are employing more than 2,800 workers at their other locations in Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Meath and Tipperary. Moreover, the expansion in Carlow will lead to creation of another 100 new jobs. The company has started hiring for these new positions on immediate basis. The 100 new positions include jobs in quality, operations, engineering, supply chain and technical support. In addition, the expansion project is likely to create another 700 jobs during the construction phase. Furthermore, MSC intend to start manufacturing operations in 2025.

“The construction of this additional facility will only add to our ability to be able to offer current and future employees a truly unique experience across our sites in Ireland, offering an opportunity to experience all elements of pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing within Ireland while pursuing a purposeful career that helps make a difference to patients the world over.” Mairead McCaul, managing director of MSD Ireland (Human Health) and head of MSD Ireland expressed their views.

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