Animal health company Phibro to create 150 jobs in Sligo

Phibro Animal Health Corporation have announced plans to establish a biotech facility producing a range of innovative animal health vaccines on the IDA Ireland Finisklin Business Park in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs over 5 years.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Phibro develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the globe. The company had $764 million in annual sales in over 65 countries during its most recent fiscal year and employs over 1,400 people globally. Phibro is a publicly traded company headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States.

The Sligo plant will be the company’s first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe and will allow Phibro to expand its presence in Europe.

The new manufacturing facility will initially focus on producing Phibro’s innovative line of vaccines for the treatment of a range of poultry diseases for sales globally. In the future, Phibro expects to expand production to include vaccines for livestock and aquaculture.

Making the announcement in Sligo today, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, said, “This significant investment by Phibro is a great vote of confidence in Sligo, and will offer even more opportunities for local residents and communities to grow and thrive. It further strengthens Ireland’s Life Sciences capability in the North West and builds on a series of new IDA projects announced for Sligo and elsewhere in the region over recent times. The Government is tirelessly working to achieve job creation in locations which are away from the main cities, and this new biotech facility in Sligo is testament that the policy is working.”

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said, “I was delighted to see Phibro announce that their first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe will be in Sligo, creating up to 150 highly skilled jobs. This has been a fantastic few weeks for Sligo with announcements from Abtran, E3 Retail, and Live Tiles, showing how the county is benefiting from both indigenous and FDI investment. This is another example of the success of our commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure we have the right conditions in place to encourage job creation in regional locations.”

Speaking at today’s announcement, Jack Bendheim, Phibro’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The creation of Phibro Ireland marks an important milestone in our development as a leading global player in the animal health biological market. The winning combination of Phibro’s expertise in the development and manufacture of biological products, the driven and experienced workforce available in the Sligo area, and the strong support of the IDA makes us very excited about the potential of the Sligo facility.”

Speaking at today’s announcement in Sligo, IDA Ireland’s Executive Director Mary Buckley said, “This announcement of a new company into Ireland, which is a global leader in diversified animal health and nutrition, is great news for Sligo and the North West Region. IDA is committed to winning investments for regional locations across Ireland and the North West Border Region is a key area of focus for us. The 150 jobs being created by Phibro will significantly benefit the regional economy. I wish you and your team every success here and will follow your progress with interest.”

The new roles will include management, quality analysis, quality control, regulatory, engineering, operators and maintenance staff. For more information on the new roles email While not immediately material to Phibro’s business, the company believes Sligo-produced products will meaningfully contribute to financial results over the next 3 to 5 years.

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Jobs boost for Sligo: Abtran to Create 350 New Jobs

Minister Humphreys hails major North West Regional job creation project.

Abtran, Ireland’s largest home grown Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider is creating 350 new jobs in Sligo. The new development forms part of a regional expansion strategy by Abtran in Ireland where the North West region has been selected for the location of a major new operations hub.

The announcement was made by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., together with Pat Ryan, CEO of Abtran and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland. The development is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland.

Abtran is Ireland’s leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider. The company has a proven capability in delivering transformative solutions with an extensive and diverse client base across regulated markets. Abtran is a specialist provider of services in sectors including government, transport, utilities and financial services. Established in 1997, the company marks its 21st anniversary this year.

Abtran already employs over 2,000 people in Cork, Dublin, Kildare and Southern India. The company will base its new regional operations centre in a high-tech facility at Finisklin Business Park in Sligo which will be up and running in Q3 2018.

Recruitment for the new roles in Sligo has started. For more information on the variety of new roles that will be available or to submit a CV, applicants are invited to email Abtran’s Talent Acquisition Team at Details on Abtran’s Sligo careers Fair and a new jobs page will be announced over the coming weeks.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., said:

“This is a tremendous day for Abtran, for Sligo and for the North West. One of the Government’s big priorities is ensuring we have the right conditions and supports in place to encourage job creation in the regions. That’s why I’m delighted to announce this significant investment by Abtran in a new regional hub, which will create 350 jobs in Sligo. The company’s continuous innovation, market leadership and investment in high-quality resources have made this indigenous Irish business deeply competitive. The fact that they have chosen to invest in the North West to serve their business markets both at home and abroad is a testament to the confidence they have in the region and its talented workforce. Ireland will continue to be an acknowledged leader in this sector driven by initiatives like this by Abtran.”

Pat Ryan, CEO of Abtran said:

“Ireland will continue to be a key part of the global growth ambitions that we have as Ireland’s largest home grown BPO provider. We also believe it is very important to support national and regional economic development wherever possible through the growth of our operations. We engaged in a detailed process where potential locations were reviewed and assessed in consultation with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Based on the skillsets identified for our business needs, we selected the North West region as the location for our new operations hub and we are very pleased to announce these new jobs in Sligo which will complement our overall high quality workforce.”

“Our growth plans are underpinned by our high quality of operations together with continued investment in technology and highly skilled people where we are also investing extensively in learning and development and the creation of career advancement opportunities throughout our organisation.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said:

“Enterprise Ireland welcomes the announcement of 350 new jobs at Abtran in Sligo and is delighted to support the company’s global ambition. Abtran is a great example of how an Irish business, with a blueprint for services innovation, can successfully accelerate and rapidly scale its business in international markets. The company’s success is underpinned by the value that it offers clients in terms of its knowledge, insight and experience around customer service delivery throughout multiple sectors.”
Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI), the Irish private equity fund established by The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Cardinal Capital Group is a major shareholder in Abtran having invested in the company in 2015 to support its growth and development. CCI is the largest equity investment fund in the Irish market.

Sligo company designs, constructs and installs six of the 12 pitches to be used at World Cup Finals in Russia


  • SIS Pitches creates most technologically advanced pitches in World Cup history
  • First time a World Cup Final has ever been played on anything but all-natural grass
  • 30 of the 32 World Cup nations will play on SISGrass during group stages of Russia 2018

Sligo-owned global pitch specialists SIS Pitches has installed the pitch for the much-anticipated 2018 World Cup Final in Russia.

SIS Pitches was selected to design, construct and install six of the 12 pitches to be used at the World Cup finals, including at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The Luzhniki Stadium will host the opening game, the opening ceremony, a semi-final as well as the World Cup Final itself. This is the first time that a World Cup Final has ever been played on anything but all-natural grass. Russia 2018 starts on June 14 – one month from today.

SIS Pitches is a world leader in synthetic and natural sports surfacing and is one of the world’s largest sports pitch companies.

The global pitch specialists lay grass and synthetic pitches and sports surfaces at world-class stadiums around the globe. SIS Pitches was set up in 2001 by CEO George Mullan, who directs the company from Sligo.

The use of the company’s sophisticated reinforced natural turf system, called SISGrass, as well as its revolutionary aeration technology, SISAir, will make the Luzhniki Stadium the most technologically advanced pitch in World Cup history.

The company is in the process of having each pitch independently certified to FIFA’s quality standards before SIS Pitches formally hands over three of the pitches to stadium management, who will handle all of its maintenance. Otkritie Arena, the home of Spartak Moscow, and Rostov Arena have already been handed over and SIS Pitches will continue to maintain Luzhniki Stadium throughout the World Cup, with a crew of five people based at the stadium for the tournament.

SIS Pitches Founder and CEO George Mullan said:

“It was an absolute honour to have been chosen to not only design, construct and install the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium but at six of the 12 World Cup venues – working on more pitches than any other company. 

 “It’s the first time a World Cup Final has been played on anything but all-natural grass. SISGrass was only launched in 2015 and already it has been installed at a number of world-class stadiums and now the 2018 World Cup Final will be played on it. The quality of SISGrass will ensure that the pitches are resilient in all conditions, and I am sure the 2018 World Cup finals will be one that we will always remember.

“We are delighted with the decision and that our investment in setting up an office in Russia five years ago, combined with completing new stadium pitches for Spartak Moscow and Krasnodar in the last few years has been rewarded. Our Russian staff have done a superb job.”

As well as Luzhniki Stadium, the other five pitches which have been installed — or are in the process of being installed — by SIS Pitches are:

  1. Otkritie Arena;home of FC Spartak Moscow, this 45,000-seater stadium will host Lionel Messi and his Argentinian teammates in their opener against World Cup debutants Iceland.
  2. Rostov Arena;the 45,000-seater stadium, which will host five World Cup encounters including Brazil’s opening game against Switzerland on June 17, is located at Rostov-on-Don.
  3. Kaliningrad Stadium;the 35,000-seater stadium will host four group stage games, including England’s final group game against Belgium on June 28.
  4. Samara Arena;Built specially as a venue for the World Cup, Samara has a capacity of just under 45,000 and will host four first round games, one round 16 match and one quarter final.
  5. Saransk Arena;located in Mordovia, Saransk Arena has a capacity of 45,000 and will host four of the first-round games including Peru v Denmark on June 6.

SISGrass has been installed at all pitches with SISAir at Luzhniki, Otkritie and Rostov.

Some 30 of the 32 teams will play on SISGrass during the first-round games, with Serbia and Demark playing all three opening games on a SISGrass surface. Sweden and Egypt are the only two teams who will progress to the knockout stages without playing on SIS Pitches hybrid technology.

SIS Pitches also installed three training pitches at Luzhniki, one at Samara and one in Tolyatti, which is being used as a base by the Swiss national team.

Outside of the World Cup, the company continues to deliver exceptional sports surfaces for schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities in Ireland and around the world.

LiveTiles to create 50 jobs in Sligo

Global software company LiveTiles announced that it will establish an Intelligent Innovation Centre in Sligo to support the further development of its design and artificial intelligence (AI) products.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland, with LiveTiles planning to create up to 50 jobs. This includes a number of key roles such as AI developers, marketing, management, presales and a new product solutions team that will create industry-specific digital platforms that incorporate AI.

Speaking at today’s announcement, LiveTiles Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Karl Redenbach said: “This is a wonderful opportunity, and we’re really excited to establish a new centre in Sligo. There is an up-and-coming technology scene here, and we look forward to working with technology businesses, universities and Microsoft in Ireland to expand our AI agenda.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD welcomed the announcement saying: “I warmly welcome this announcement by LiveTiles to establish their new Intelligent Innovation Centre in Sligo, creating 50 quality jobs initially. This wonderful regional investment is a great vote of confidence in Sligo and the North West region. I have no doubt that the company will thrive and prosper here in Ireland, aided in no small way by our rich talent pool. I wish them well for the future.”

About LiveTiles

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in New York, LiveTiles is a Microsoft partner that is defining the market for the Intelligent Experience Platform (IXP) – with no code, ‘drag and drop’ technology giving business users the tools to create easily adoptable dashboards, portals or corporate intranets that can be heightened with personalized artificial intelligence and analytics features.
LiveTiles began as an Australian startup company in 2014 and has expanded rapidly, with a customer list spanning all major verticals and some of the biggest organisations in the world such as PepsiCo and the US Department of Defence.

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