While the Industrial Development Authority and other agencies are engaging with Johnson and Johnson in an effort to secure a replacement company for the former state of the art Cordis facility in Cashel town, it is vital, according to Mayor, Maribel Wood, that the Local Authority steps up its direct correspondence with the company at this stage.
Her comments follow on information recently received from Minister Richard Bruton’s Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation which states that, ”the Industrial Development Authority has not been in a position to actively market the Cashel Campus to third parties because the facility remains in the ownership of Johnson and Johnson who made a considerable investment in the facility”.
While welcoming the fact that Johnson and Johnson considers the Cashel facility a strategic site for the manufacture of convergent technology products, and that the I.D.A. continues to explore possible options with them as they internally promote the facility within their own supply chain network, Councillor Wood contends that with unemployment rates increasing globally and more incentives and pressures being placed on multinationals to set up in many locations, both nationally and worldwide, we just cannot afford to sit back and hope matters will just right themselves.
“Instead we must be pro-active at all times,” she concludes.