Dundalk is to get 200 jobs over the next five years.
The announcement was made at the global headquarters of National Pen at the Xerox Technology Park last Friday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
National Pen in Dundalk produces branded stationery promotional products and exports to 19 countries.
This expansion will bring National Pen’s permanent workforce to 459 by the end of 2017.
These new jobs will be created across the company in its sales, customer services, manufacturing, technical and administrative functions.
Making the announcement Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said the creation of 200 new jobs at National Pen is fantastic news for Dundalk and the surrounding area and it demonstrates the company’s commitment to Ireland.
“National Pen are a key export company and announcements like this are a significant signal of Ireland’s strengths as a location for investment,” Mr Kenny said.
“The Government, through our Action Plan for Jobs, will continue to prioritise measures which will build on the 3,000 new jobs being created by the private sector every month.”
The Taoiseach was accompanied by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Employment, Richard Bruton, and Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection.
Mr Bruton said the announcement that National Pen, a major employer in Dundalk for many years, is expanding its operations, is a great boost for Ireland and for the North East.
“A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is ensuring that we support job-creation right across the country,” he said. “And we have put in place measures to deliver on this including the Succeed in Ireland scheme.
“I am determined that, with continued strong implementation of our plans, we can see further announcements like this across all regions in the coming years.”
Ms Burton prised the role of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and its work with the local authority in helping to create employment on the town. She said the rebuilding of the old shopping centre was a boost to the local construction industry.
Peter Kelly, Senior Vice President of National Pen said the company had celebrated 25 years of business in Dundalk last year and moved to a new custom designed facility to accommodate the growth of our international business and the demand for our products.
Ireland is a great location from which to service our global markets.
“We have enjoyed a very positive experience in Ireland over the years due to the pro-business environment,” he said, “and the availability of skilled staff and the support of IDA Ireland.”
Mr Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland said National Pen has been a long term IDA Ireland client, demonstrating a stable track record over many years in Dundalk. This project represents a major statement of confidence by National Pen in the future of Dundalk.