Canadian industrial alcohol producer to create 75 jobs in Laois

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Canadian industrial alcohol producer to create 75 jobs in Laois


IDA chief Martin Shanahan welcomed the jobs boost
IDA chief Martin Shanahan welcomed the jobs boost

A Canadian producer of industrial alcohol and fuel ethanol has announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, creating 75 jobs over five years.

Greenfield Global’s investment is backed by the IDA Ireland.

Greenfield is headquartered in Toronto and has operations in 12 locations across North America. Its products are used in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, life science, personal care, and food, flavor and fragrance markets in over 50 countries.

The new 3,800 sq. metre manufacturing HQ in Portlaoise will be constructed on the IDA Ireland Business and Technology Park and is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020. An estimated 100 jobs are expected to be created during the construction and fit-out phase of the project.

“Our commitment to building a world-class GMP manufacturing facility in Portlaoise is our first foray into manufacturing outside of North America,” said Greenfield President and CEO Howard Field.

“This facility will ensure we have the capacity to meet increased demand from our life science customers throughout Europe and the region. Greenfield is an ambitious company, focused on continually investing in innovation, our people, and our products. We are proud to have this opportunity to expand our operations and become a part of Ireland’s economic success.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said: “This is a most welcome announcement for Portlaoise and the entire Midlands region and one which will considerably benefit the economy of the region.

“Greenfield Global is a welcome addition to the EIT sector here and will be an important support to the strong and growing life sciences ecosystem in Ireland, providing locally sourced, critical raw materials. I wish Greenfield Global every success with their plans. It is great to see further investment coming into Portlaoise.”

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