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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2018 Westport Food Festival Launched

Mid-Summer Banquet is highlight of Westport Food Festival Westport House Friday 29th June

The undisputed highlight of Westport Food Festival and the social event of the year is the gala Mid-Summer Banquet in the glorious environment of Westport House. It’s a glittering affair featuring black tie and evening dresses as befits the stylish setting. The date is Friday 29th June and limited tickets are available through Hotel Westport (098 25122).

The evening starts with a complimentary trip from town on the Westport House Train. It might bring guests just a kilometre on the ground, but it transports them to another world. It’s Downton Abbey – but it’s better, because it’s for real! From the chilled Pimms on arrival to the handmade canapés, gourmet tasting menu and accompanying fine wines, this is a step back into history. Walk up those historic steps and imagine several hundred years of bejewelled guests and famous figures preceding you. Opportunities like this don’t come along too often.

The Midsummer Banquet takes place on Friday night, 29th June. The epicurean seven course feast showcases the combined talent of seven local chefs led by Eoin McDonnell of the Wyatt Hotel who is also Chairman of Westport Food Festival. The wine pairings are from Cabot’s of Westport, guaranteeing a perfect match for the taste buds. The team of chefs has developed a stunning menu with a strong focus on local and Mayo food. It promises to be a real celebration of the senses.

Tickets for this unique event are in high demand and as there is quite literally no room for expansion in the dining rooms, people are advised to book without delay. Contact Hotel Westport (098 25122).

Westport Food Festival continues over the weekend until Sunday 1st July with a busy programme of events including the Fairgreen Food Village on Saturday with a full programme of chef demonstrations and plenty to keep the kids occupied too. Kiddie workshops on Pizza Making and Cup Cake Decorating can be booked on the day and the little ones can enter the fun Fast Food Race too. Go foraging for mushrooms or seashore delicacies. Two local producer tasting tours are on the menu– Mescan Brewery and Mussel and Oyster Farm.  Wet your whistle with the Gintastic Gin Appreciation, Whiskey Tasting and Come Wine With Me. There’s something there to tempt everyone’s tastebuds. Check out the website for full details.






Ballina to host Digital Transformations Conference

“There’s a lot of talk about the impact of Digital Tech in a practical sense (what we can do with VR, 3D printing, digital distribution models, etc.), but very little about the ideas, thoughts, morality and ethics underlying it all. We talk about what we can do with the new tools, but never enough about what the new tools will do to us. Most events that combine arts and technology are essentially business-driven, bringing business language and values into cultural discourse, assuming the business culture is a natural environmental fact.” – Scott Coombs, Conference Director

Digital Transformations is a conference bringing together18 speakers from Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the US, including practicing artists, technologists, leading cultural curators, academics and educators. It is a forum for radical thinking, inspired by the idea that the arts should be leading our transition to this new, profoundly disorienting society – but ironically this new society is one in which art as we know it will struggle to retain its power and influence.

Digital Transformations was conceived by Scott Coombs, an American-born IT Consultant who lives and works in the Northwest. He put the conference together to  “…look at the cultural impacts of the emerging digital society and establish a forum for people to see and react to the big changes in arts, politics and society. ”. One of the other organisers, John O’Brien, added “…this conference isn’t trying to sell the digital society, but to create an open forum where the value of cultural responses take centre stage. Right now the future is in the hands of the technologists, the pseudo rational and the faux scientific and we really need to talk about this. We need both sides of the brain to deal with what’s coming at us.”

Digital Transformations is built around talks, panel discussions, and break-out sessions where attendees can get involved in the debate and formulate a manifesto for the future. Evening entertainment will be provided by the ever-popular trio of Seamie O’Dowd, Kieran Quinn and Joe Kelly.

Gaynor Seville, Arts Officer at Mayo County Council, said “one of the interesting aspects of this project is that the organisers were seeking a location outside the major centres to establish this conference, and I was delighted that they selected north Mayo because I share their belief in the potential of this conference and it confirms Mayo as a place that’s willing to experiment and support new ideas.”

Business leaders from Mayo are also lending their support to this vital conversation and Seán Walsh, director at the Ballina Arts Centre, is confident that the centre on Barrett Street in Ballina has the right mix of size and intimacy to make the conference a successful and memorable one, and “hopefully, the first of many” he added.

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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