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US pharmaceutical company announces 200 new jobs for Dublin

Alexion will spend around €75 million creating 200 new jobs over the next two years in west Dublin.

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US PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY Alexion has announced that it will spend around €75 million creating 200 new jobs over the next two years in West Dublin.

The company made the announcement today that it had purchased a site at College Industrial Park in Blanchardstown, which it says will allow it expand its Irish operations.

The company currently employs more than 60 people at its first site in Park West and has been granted Planning Permission from Fingal County Council to construct a new 15,000 m laboratory, office, packaging and warehouse facility on a 41 acre greenfield site at College Park in Blanchardstown.

The initial phase of the project will create of around 200 new jobs by 2016 in Supply Chain, Quality Control Packaging, Warehousing and supporting functions. The proposed €75 million investment is also expected to create an additional 200 construction jobs over a two year period.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Leonard Bell, CEO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals said the country’s workforce was the deciding factor.

“Our choice of Ireland reflects the calibre of the workforce and the country’s culture of innovation, and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with the Irish Government, IDA Ireland and local communities in the years to come.”

At the ceremony, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the move “is another vote of confidence in Ireland”.

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