Pharma giant announces 20 new jobs for Athlone

A pharmaceutical company in Athlone has announced plans to create another 20 jobs.

PPD Laboratories has lodged a planning application with Westmeath County Council for a 540-metre expansion to its plant in the IDA Business and Technology Park in Garrycastle.

It says that as a result of the latest expansion, it expects to employ an extra 20 lab analysts between the second quarter of this year and early next year.

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The US company is already a significant employer in Athlone, where it eventually expects to employ up to 200 people, and local councillor John Keogh welcomes the latest expansion.