Some 300 people are working for the Kerry Group’s at its fledgling operation at Millennium Park, Naas.
This will grow to 330 by next January and construction work at the multi million euro technology and innovation centre, which will undertake research into food and food ingredients, is ongoing.
Already a group of Japanese of business people visited the Kerry offices in Naas and more customers are expected as time passes, generating income for local businesses notably restaurants, hotels and taxi operators.
Research and development is important to the company, which employs 24,000 people across the globe, so much so that KG spent €180m on R&D in 2012 - although State grants are available for this work.
“We invest significantly in research and development and have through the life of the company. We have started to bring global customers to Naas and we are working out of three buildings in Millennium Park,” KG senior executive Oliver Kelly told the North Kildare Chamber’s annual conference.
Naas was chosen for as the location for the €100m Global Technology and Innovation Centre, as it’s known, because of good transports links, growth potential, infrastructure, customer convenience and proximity to Dublin, Mr. Kelly told North Kildare Chamber’s annual conference.
He also said that Millennium Park was a huge attraction
.A planned new motorway interchange will allow better access from the Naas by-pass into Millennium Park.
By 2106, it is planned to have 900 people working in administration, information systems, R&D and communications housed in 4 buildings.