Data centre and air cooling systems manufacturer EDPAC International has announced the creation of 50 jobs as Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD officially opened the company’s newly extended manufacturing plant in Carrigaline, Co Cork. The Irish-owned company's client list and projects include: installations at Doha airport, Qatar’s Al Wakra stadium, Hong Kong’s metro, Bolivia’s Itaipu dam, Copenhagen’s city link metro, the BBC, most hospitals in Ireland and Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the company’s home county. EDPAC International is expanding the headcount in Cork to meet sustained growth over the past three years. EDPAC International will continue to operate from its sites in Newmarket (north Cork) and from Carrigaline, where more than 80 people are currently employed.

Recruiting design engineers, technicians, quality engineers and logistics personnel

The company is actively recruiting a further 50 employees over the next 24 months, particularly design engineers, refrigeration technicians, plumbers, electricians as well as quality engineers and logistics personnel. An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD said: “EDPAC International exemplifies all that makes Irish companies so successful around the globe; a high quality solution, innovative in design and execution combined with ambitious leadership and outstanding customer service to create a truly world class product. "I am delighted to officially open the newly extended manufacturing site in Carrigaline, and wish all the EDPAC team continued success.” “The opening of the extended manufacturing site will undoubtedly enhance productivity and how we work as a team, and I want to acknowledge that it is the people behind EDPAC International that make it a great place to work and a great company," said Noel Lynch, managing director of EDPAC International. "We have a number of exciting international and national projects in the pipeline, and look forward to continuing to grow and develop from our Cork sites in Carrigaline and Newmarket.” EDPAC International is supported by Enterprise Ireland for a number of years. Following the successes of the EI Lean Plus programme, EDPAC have been recently approved for the EI Operational Excellence Programme which will further enhance development at the company.

'Global ambition that has expanded its reach in international markets'

David Byrne, department manager, electronics and communications, Enterprise Ireland, said: “EDPAC is an excellent example of an innovative, regionally based company with global ambition that has expanded its reach in international markets, building upon a strong business foundation to prepare for challenges like Brexit. "Regional businesses like EDPAC contribute to a robust local economy and this expansion represents EDPAC’s continued commitment to Cork and the wider region, and we look forward to continuing our work with the team as they continue to grow.” The EDPAC manufacturing site in Carrigaline is now more than 5,000 sq m and equipped and its facilities include a new environmental test laboratory, dedicated factory witness test facility and a new canteen. The Newmarket facility supports the Carrigaline factory, providing prefabricated components and manufacturing high quality air handling systems to customer specifications.