independent

Monday 19 February 2018

Clearstream celebrates 20th anniversary

By David Tucker

Front row, Bernie Higgins, Pauline Oakes, Anne Doyle and Louise Carley; Back row, Pat Coll, Kathleen Nolan and John Murray.
Front row, Bernie Higgins, Pauline Oakes, Anne Doyle and Louise Carley; Back row, Pat Coll, Kathleen Nolan and John Murray.

ClearStream Technologies Ltd celebrated an important milestone earlier this month when the company celebrated 20 years in business.

The company, which is based in Moyne Upper, Enniscorthy, has grown from approximately 20 employees when they started in early 1997 to over 400 employees today.

Originally opening as Angiodynamics, an American-based medical device company, the company has been through numerous changes including a management buy out, floating on the AIM stock exchange in London and subsequently being acquired by the global medical devices company CR Bard in 2011.

Bard is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialties.

They employ more than 12,000 people worldwide. At the Enniscorthy facility, ClearStream manufactures mainly angioplasty catheters that are used in both coronary and peripheral procedures to unblock arteries.

ClearStream's focus has always been on developing talent and promoting from within, with many employees growing their careers in ClearStream. As one of the larger employers in county Wexford and the largest in Enniscorthy , ClearStream are actively looking to foster ties with both local secondary schools and colleges to ensure opportunities are available to graduates in many disciplines in their local area.

In addition, Clearstream have been working in the last number of years to give back to the community by increasing their local charity work and help to fundraise for worthy causes in the local area. Each year, the employees at Clearstream nominate and vote on a charity of the year and all fund raising activities during the year will be for the chosen charity. In addition, the company match the amounts raised as part of a campaign by Bard to give back to the local community.

In 2014, ClearStream opened a second manufacturing building at their site in the IDA industrial estate in Moyne Upper which represented a very signifcant investment in the site by Bard. This positivity has carried through with the site continuing to grow and be recognized within CR Bard globally. ClearStream marked its 20th anniversary by ensuring they recognised employees who have been with the company from the outset. The 7 employees work across departments and have shown dedication and loyalty to the company throughout the growth and change of the past 20 years. Director of Operations Pauline Oakes said the company's employees' loyalty and dedication have been key to its success throughout the years. 'It has been wonderful that they have been with us to see the growth of the company over our 20 years of existence , particularly since we became part of C.R Bard. We look forward to having them with us for many years to come.'

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