Greenfield Global to establish European manufacturing facility in Ireland
Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America has announced plans to establish a new European Union (EU) manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.
According to a statement from IDA Ireland, a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland, 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.
Greenfield, which has its headquarters in Toronto, Canada, has operations in 12 locations across North America. The company’s extensive portfolio of products is used in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, life science, personal care, and food, flavor, and fragrance markets in over 50 countries.
Our commitment to building a world-class GMP manufacturing facility in Portlaoise is our first foray into manufacturing outside of North America. 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, said Howard Field, President, and CEO of Greenfield Global.
The new 3,800 sq. metre manufacturing HQ in Portlaoise will be constructed on the IDA Ireland Business and Technology Park and is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020. An estimated 100 jobs are expected to be created during the construction and fit-out phase of the project.
This is a most welcome announcement for Portlaoise and the entire Midlands region and one which will considerably benefit the economy of the region. Greenfield Global is a welcome addition to the EIT sector here and will be an important support to the strong and growing life sciences ecosystem in Ireland, providing locally sourced, critical raw materials. I wish Greenfield Global every success with their plans. It is great to see further investment coming into Portlaoise, said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.
The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan, who also attended today’s announcement, remarked on the importance of the investment for Portlaoise and the Midlands.
The economic growth of our regions through the creation of sustainable jobs is a priority for Government and I am delighted to see this level of investment. 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, said Minister Flanagan.