A Monaghan based mineral water company unveiled plans to double the size of their plant with a €5m new bottling facility yesterday.
The Celtic Pure plant, located on the outskirts of Corcreagh, will create up to 60 new jobs during the construction phase of the expansion, as well as securing the future for the 50 people currently employed at the facility.
The company is the official water sponsor for the FAI, and they welcomed special guest, Republic of Ireland football manager, Martin O’Neill to share in the good news.
Celtic Pure chief executive Padraig McEneaney said: "The investment in our facilities will further create 25 + new jobs, increase our annual production capacity by 65% and see our annual turnover rise twofold by 2017. Our target is to bring the business to the stage where we can target sales of €18 million to €20 million.
"We’ve come a long way since 2000, with only two employees, supplying local customers with water in 5 litre drums. This investment is a tremendous vote of confidence in our staff who have produced and sold record volumes of bottled water last year, in Ireland and worldwide via indirect exportation to China, United Arab Emirates, USA and Australia," he added.
The new development will commence construction on 12 acres of adjoining land to the current premises in May of this year. The state of the art 6,600 sq m warehouse will house a technologically advanced management and tracking system, new bottling lines and additional office space for the company’s expanding workforce.
Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill's presence added further buzz to the buoyant atmosphere at the company.
“Celtic Pure has been a great sponsor for the FAI and the senior international men’s team,” said the Ireland boss.
“I have been impressed by what I’ve seen here today, and I would like wish CEO Padraig McEneaney and his staff every success in their future endeavours.”
Also attending the announcement were key customers, suppliers and local TDs were also present to hear the exciting plans announced.