Greenfield Global Inc yesterday announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise. Greenfield is Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America.
The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland and is expected to create 75 high-quality jobs over the next five years. The new roles will be in a range of operations - production, quality, supply chain and sales functions.
The new 3,800 sq. metre manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise will be constructed on the IDA Ireland Business and Technology Park and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2020. An estimated 100 jobs are expected to be created during the construction and fit-out phase of the project.
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan, who attended yesterday's announcement, said, "The significant number of jobs being created here today is a very welcome boost to the economy of Portlaoise and I want to thank the IDA for all they did to secure them. Most of all however, I want to congratulate Greenfield Global. I look forward to their success, and indeed growth, here in Portlaoise."
"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."