Tuesday 19 February 2019

Kersia Ireland to create new jobs

Sola Lenses warehouse units purchased by Kersia Ireland
Sola Lenses warehouse units purchased by Kersia Ireland

Brendan Keane

Kersia Ireland (formerly Medentech) has bought the warehousing section of the old Sola Lenses plant in Clonard, Wexford, and plans to use it as its main warehousing facility while it further expands its own home-site manufacturing plant nearby.

Speaking to this newspaper last week the company's General Manager, Rosie Keary, said the company had experienced growth of around 64 per cent over the last three years and it forecasts growth of around 50 per cent over the next two to three years.

The business also recently purchased a German company and moved the manufacturing process to Ireland.

'The plan is to make the manufacturing plant in Wexford much bigger and move all the warehousing work to the Sola site,' said Ms Keary.

'A senior management team was put in place two-and-a-half years ago and since then growth has been phenomenal,' she added.

With regard to job creation, while she couldn't put an exact figure on it, Ms Keary confirmed that new roles are likely to be advertised before the end of the year.

The company increased its workforce by around 20 per cent over the last three years and Ms Keary is confident that further growth will happen over the next 12 to 24 months.

'There will be more jobs available here in Wexford,' she said.

'We're starting to build our microbiology lap and that alone will be a big development and we will need new staff to run it,' she added.

'The plan is to start building it within the next couple of weeks and it will be finished before the end of the year.'

Once complete it will mean Kersia Ireland will be one of the few companies in the country with a state-of-the-art, in-house microbiology lab.

She said the company already has roles that need to be filled within its warehousing facility and that other temporary jobs will be created at different times during the year.

Wexford People

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