City’s Job Boost

imageHealthier Smoking Ltd and NuVasive to ‘set up shop’

Two new companies have announced plans to set up in Waterford in recent days, which will result in the creation of at least 110 jobs.

Healthier Smoking Ltd, an Irish company which specialises in the supply and sale of e-liquid and products designed to help people quit smoking, is recruiting 80 people for its new e-cigarette factory at the Six Cross Roads. The company is relocating from a smaller operation in Youghal.

The new manufacturing plant will see the immediate creation of 80 jobs in manufacturing, retail and distribution and a company spokesperson said more jobs would follow.

“The company sees the potential for huge growth and anticipates the creation of up to 1,000 quality jobs over the next 12 to 18 months”, the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile a further 30 new jobs have been announced for the city, with the creation by medical device company NuVasive of a new International Operations Centre.

The company has already begun hiring supply chain, customer service, accounting, and IT positions, with all 30 of the roles to be filled over the next three years. The San Diegobased company develops surgical products and procedures for the spine.

Jobs Minister Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said the region continues to face challenges but he “looked forward to further announcements like this for the South East in the coming months”, while the IDA’s Barry O’Leary said the region was developing its position as a key location for the life science sector.

Mr Alex Lukianov, NuVasive’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said the company was thrilled to be locating in Waterford given the access it shall have to strong local talent in supporting their international operations.

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