Danone to create 45 new jobs at Rocklands
THE BABY nutrition company Danone has announced the creation of 45 new jobs at its Wexford plant in Rocklands.
Danone which specialises in the manufacture of infant and toddler milks, is investing €20 million in a factory expansion to enable it to meet a growing European demand for its products.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton marked the jobs announcement by visiting the plant on Monday.
Minister Bruton said the announcement is 'a real endorsement of the quality of our agriculture and our industry and is great news for the south east.'
Danone is building a new processing and packing line which will double the capacity of the facility to 70,000 tonnes annually in brand products such as Aptamil and Cow & Gate.
The new jobs will be created in operations, food science, engineering and logistics.
The Wexford investment follows a €50 million development by the multi-national manufacturer at its other Irish plant in Macroom, County Cork.
The expansion is supported by the Irish Government through Enterprise Ireland.
The announcement was welcomed by the Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe and his Fine Gael colleague, Deputy Liam Twomey.
'A lot of hard work has gone into securing these jobs and a lot more hard work has to be done to secure more jobs for this county,' said Deputy Kehoe.
Deputy Twomey said the project will also create 120 jobs during the construction phase.
' The announcement is not only great news for Wexford town, it is also a significant development for the agricultural sector across the south east,' he said.
'Danone is one of the fastest growing food companies in the world, with sales of €19 billion across five continents.'
' The announcement provides evidence that the company is committed to remaining in Wexford for the long term.'
Minister Bruton was in Wexford to host a conference in the Talbot Hotel on an Action Plan for Jobs,.
The conference was attended by local business owners who outlined ideas on Wexford's economic recovery.