Botox-manufacturer Allegan has just opened its €160 million biologics facility at its campus in Westport. The move will create an additional 63 positions at the facility and will bring its total investment in Ireland since it began operations to more than €750 million.
The Biologics 2 facility will feature new manufacturing suites, including a microbiology and cell-based laboratory with research and development capabilities. The global bio-pharmaceutical company recently celebrated the shipment of its 100 millionth vial of Botox from its Westport plant.
Vice president of global manufacturing and Westport site lead, Paul Coffey, said the new facility allows the company to meet “continued global demand for Allergan’s flagship products.” He said the investment “underpins Allergan’s commitment to advancement in the biologics arena.”
Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring said the move is a “vote of confidence in Mayo and the west”. “Allergan is a fantastic employer and it’s great to see it further cement its presence here in Westport. ”Speaking as a Westport native, he added that the company has had a “remarkably positive impact on the town and on the region.”
He went on: “I commend Allergan for putting their trust in the West of Ireland. With the new N5 road project from Turlough to Westport taking shape, our ability to attract investment and jobs into the region will only improve.”
Allergan has operations in Westport, Dublin and Galway. Allergan’s Irish operations have grown significantly since it first opened its Westport plant in 1977 with just 25 employees. Now the company boasts more than 1,200 staff in Westport, which is equivalent to around a fifth of the town’s population. (Article Reference: The Western People)