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Mayo – Right at the heart of the global business world

Dublin has long been considered Ireland’s professional mecca, with job opportunities other counties simply don’t have. However, a new survey has found that the West of Ireland is attracting highly-skilled professionals, with three quarters of job seekers who moved west finding work easily, in particular Mayo.  With its stunning countryside, vibrant urban centres and a quality of life unmatched in most of the country, Mayo offers an endless list of positives when it comes to settling down.

The IDA has worked tirelessly to promote the location as an attractive place for inward investment and job creation opportunities. It is fast becoming a technology hub and is home to some leading life science multinationals.

Combining a base of local, homegrown SMEs working with some major multinationals who have settled in the county, Mayo has created the ideal commercial environment. It’s great place to work and is being very successful in attracting talent away from big cities.

Large multinationals such as Hollister, Ballina Beverages, Fort Wayne, Baxter and Allergan have set up here and today there’s an announcement that California-headquartered Meissner Filtration Products plans to create 150 new jobs in Co Mayo over the next five years with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Castlebar.

The company, a manufacturer of microfiltration products, is to move into and expand a building that was originally constructed by IDA Ireland with the completed facility due to open in early 2020.

Meissner said it plans to install a substantial, state-of-the-art clean room in the facility to be used for the manufacture of single-use systems (SUS) that supports its biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical client base.

Initial operations at the Castlebar facility will include SUS manufacturing, quality and regulatory, engineering and customer service.


Hollister Incorporated opened its Ballina, Ireland, manufacturing facility in 1976 on a 40-acre campus in County Mayo. More than 700 Associates work at our Ballina facility. The Ballina facility manufactures products for global distribution that support their ostomy care and continence care product lines. Over the years, they have expanded their operations beyond manufacturing to include Research & Development, New Product Development, Corporate Engineering, Supply Chain Management and Financial Shared Services.

Ballina Beverages

Ballina Beverages develops the concentrates, beverage bases and syrups for producing the Coca-Cola range of drinks. The new Ballina Beverages facility was opened in 2000 on the Killala Road in Ballina. Ballina Beverages export concentrate to bottlers on four continents who then manufacture the final product for consumers around the world. As well as Coca-Cola, Ballina Beverages also produce concentrate for Fanta and Sprite. The plant is a major employer in Ballina, with a workforce of more than 400 people. They have also opened a Global Research & Development Laboratory on site in Ballina.

Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne Metals, Castlebar, Ireland is preparing an investment of €5 million at a site owned by the IDA. Since commencing its operations in Castlebar in 2002, Fort Wayne Metals Ireland now employs 60 staff. Fort Wayne Metals Ireland is a leading manufacturer of medical materials, producing precision wire and components for all types of medical devices in Ireland, Europe and Asia. The parent company, headquartered in Indiana, USA, is a privately held company with nine manufacturing plant.

Baxter Healthcare

Baxter Healthcare Castlebar In 1972, construction began on a new manufacturing facility at Castlebar, Co. Mayo, with a second facility at Swinford only five years later. Today these two facilities occupy 300,000 square feet and directly employ over 1,000 people with as many more benefiting indirectly. The company also has two sales and marketing bases in Ireland (Dublin and Belfast) and a Financial Shared-Services operation in Dublin.

The Castlebar plant concentrates on the manufacture of renal dialysis solutions, pre-mixed intravenous solutions and a range of drug products while the plant at Swinford specializes in the manufacture of componentry for administration of the solutions to patient’s. The markets served from Mayo include the U. K. and all of mainland Europe, the U. S. , Japan and the more developed markets in Asia.


Allergan Westport was established in 1977. Today, the ever-expanding Allergan manufacturing site exceeds 750,000sq ft on 61 acres and its 1,200 staff work in shifts round the clock to develop and manufacture a range of branded medicines, such as Botox, therapeutic products and a wide range of treatments for eye diseases. The only way is up for Allergan in Westport, given its record of investing more than €400 million in on-site technology and infrastructure, most recently a new biologics facility which finished construction in 2015 and will be used to manufacture a range of biologic products. Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.

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Louise Mulligan

Article by Louise Mulligan (Senior Recruitment Consultant, Mayo)

Mayo has a diaspora of 3. 5 million worldwide and Knock International airport provide 150 flights per week to the UK, EU and further a field.

Mayo is right at the heart of the Global business world, so why not call us today for a chat to find out what exciting jobs in Mayo we have to suit your expertise. Call us today in our Mayo office on 353 94 9003979.






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