Taoiseach to turn sod on Kerry Group’s new Naas plant

BUSINESS / 9.10.12Enterprise Ireland Backs Ireland's Largest Single Food Innovation Investment EverKerry Group today Tuesday 9 October, 2012 announced the establishment of an industry-leading global technology and innovation centre in Ireland.  The �100m investment, which will create 800 jobs, as well as 400 immediate construction jobs, will be part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. The new flagship global technology and customer innovation centre, located on a 28 acre site in the Millennium Business Park, Naas will serve as a key focal point for Kerry's customer engagement activities providing strategic customers with access to the Group's complete breadth and depth of technologies, scientific research, innovation and applications expertise across food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.    The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has also had a central involvement in supporting this investment.At the announcement today were Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and  Stan McCarthy, CEO Kerry Group  Photo Shane O'Neill / FennellsNo fee for reproduction
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will be in Naas this week but he’s not likely to be the only politician available for a sod turning ceremony.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will be in Naas this week but he’s not likely to be the only politician available for a sod turning ceremony.

There is likely to be no shortage of politicians present for what is being described as a “ground breaking ceremony” for Kerry Group’s Technology and Innovation Centre at Millennium Park, Naas.

It takes place tomorrow at noon and Mr. Kenny as well as every politician with an interest in the event will be eager to be seen at and associated with the event.

Invitations have already arrived from the Kerry Group give in directions, with helpful maps outlining the best route to take to the site.

The announcement by Kerry Group and Enterprise Ireland of the “largest single food innovation investment in the history of the State” was roundly welcomed.

Apart from the 800 jobs it will create, in addition to 400 construction jobs, the €100m investment ought to provide a boost to local business people, as well as a possible positive effect on property prices (although there are an estimated 300 properties for sale in Naas currently).

The company has already indicated it will have a banking partnership with AIB - which will come as a relief to that bank after the columns of negative publicity it has received in recent times as result of short sighted lending practices.

Two company representatives recently attended a Naas Town Council meeting and said there would be business opportunities in the area for other businesses like hotels and restaurants.

Kerry’s arrival is also a boost to Millennium Park which has many vacancies.