MECO, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for water purification, is to open its European headquarters in the National Technology Park in Limerick, creating 44 new jobs.
The development is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“We are excited that this leading water purification company has chosen Ireland as their business hub for Europe. This strategic move positions MECO for impressive growth in Ireland and throughout the rest of Europe. I look forward to MECO being a productive growth partner for Ireland’s biopharmaceutical, oil and gas, food and beverage and other industries they serve.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland
Over the past 10 years MECO has grown its portfolio of drug manufacturers, oil and gas producers and food and beverage companies in Europe. They tap MECO for water purification systems that produce pure water critical to their operations. From highly purified water used for injectable drugs to potable water serving workforce on oil rigs to distilled water in bottles on grocery shelves, MECO’s sole focus is engineered products for water purification.
The company currently holds 27 patents for a variety of water purification technologies.
Founded in 1939, MECO launched its business with the patent for using vapour compression distillation for desalination of seawater in the early years of offshore oil exploration and the US armed forces in World War II.
From there the company broadened its scope to become a leader serving the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, oil and gas, industrial, military and power generation industries.
“Europe continues to enjoy positive growth in the biopharmaceutical markets and represents opportunities for our other focus industries”
“Our fully staffed, strategically located office in Ireland will service our existing customers as well as support our planned expansion of new customers throughout Europe”
George Gsell, MECO’s President
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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