Harmac Medical Products has announced the creation of 60 new jobs at its facility in Castlerea as part of a major investment in the manufacture of surgical masks and non-invasive ventilation products such as respiratory hoods.
The project is supported by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and has been widely welcomed by local public representatives.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice said the news was a great boost for the town.
“I am delighted with this news. Since it was established in Castlerea by Lewis and John Somers in 1998, Harmac has gone from strength to strength and following this announcement there will be 360 people working there.
“It’s great to be out and about and meeting people in rural parts of Castlerea and they tell you they work for Harmac. It has had a huge knock-on effect for west Roscommon and even into counties like Mayo and Galway.
“Harmac Medical have been very good to the town of Castlerea, in particular, and it’s something that we appreciate. In recent years we have named the nearby Somers Park in honour of the Somers’ family,” he said.
Local Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan said it was “an amazing opportunity for Castlerea”.
“Harmac Medical is a great employer and have been very generous to the local community. They have supported many projects locally and have been very involved in the development of a playground adjacent to Castlerea Swimming Pool.
“This announcement will give a fantastic boost to the local area in terms of employment creation and for the town of Castlerea in general,” he said.
Harmac President and CEO, John F. Somers, said the company is proud of its work during what has been a difficult year and also in its development of products that keep Covid-19 patients alive.
Mr. Somers added that the company was also proud to have been able to continue its community support during the pandemic, through a partnership with An Chistin Training and Community Kitchen at The Hub in Castlerea.
“We played a role in ensuring that the most vulnerable in our Roscommon community were provided with a hot meal – daily – during the lockdown,” Mr. Somers added.
“Our mission is to change the lives of patients, employees and the communities in which we work – and this year, it’s been especially important for us all to maintain that focus”.
Speaking following the announcement on Tuesday, Harmac Ireland Managing Director, Mick McEnroe said: “Harmac’s Castlerea campus has class-leading capabilities, allowing us to collaborate with customers from a design, engineering, tooling and manufacturing standpoint to ensure that projects are brought online as aggressively as possible.
“It’s a major differentiator between us and our competitors, and it’s very inspiring to be able to help customers under these circumstances”.