The investment of 28 million euro and the creation of 80 jobs at a Longford medical manufacturing firm will be a huge boost to the town.
That's according to Colm Cuffe who is the vice president of European Operations at Technimark.
He says a skilled workforce and Longford's central location was a factor in the expansion of the firm.
The company which is located on the business and technology park on the ballinalee road hopes to double the facility's capacity in medical manufacturing, including precision injection molding, value-added assembly, finished device assembly and contract manufacturing.
Colm says recruitment which will be rolled out over a two year period has already commenced in the areas of processing engineers, technicians.
"It represents a 28 million euro investment and the creation of 80 jobs and also the creation of a new European innovation centre which is quite important. It means that instead of going anywhere else in Europe, we have the centre here in Longford so it'll bring a different, higher level of skilled employees to the facility. We've actually already started recruitment so at the moment we're looking for quite a number of technical people".
Meanwhile, President of the Longford Chamber of Commerce Fiona Fenlon believes it's a strong vote of confidence in the town.
"It basically brings it home again that Longford is a great town to do business, there's a lot to offer here and it's a strong vote of confidence in our town and our community that companies like Technimark are investing/. The creation of 80 jobs is fantastic but it's the overarching benefit to the wider community and the wider business community, all of these people coming to Longford and spending money here".