Pictured at the announcement of Oscar Wilde Waters 100 jobs for Borrisoleigh were the stakeholders at the Anner Hotel.
Former bottling plant at Pallas Street is to fire up the machines again as Oscar Wilde Water comes to Tipperary
The announcement of 100 new jobs being created in Borrisoleigh by Oscar Wilde Water has been broadly welcomed today with production set to commence as soon as possible at the state-of-the -art former bottling plant of C&C on Pallas Street.
An investment of €3million sees the plant and equipment being purchased by Oscar Wilde Water, a company which has been producing premium bottled water for a number of years – Thurles man Rory McLoughney is centrally involved in the company, while a number of former employees of C&C have also bought into the concept and invested in the new venture.
Deputy Michael Lowry had been approached by John Hegarty CEO of Oscar Wilde Water seeking his intervention to convince C&C to sell the equipment to him for their plant in Mayo. However, Deputy Lowry said that he was not anxious for the equipment and its potential to leave the Tipperary town, and he instead convinced Oscar Wilde Water to locate their plant in Borrisoleigh with C&C providing much needed support in terms of providing a route to market, again after much consultation at the highest possible level – C&C has changed its policy in order the facilitate this move, we understand.
The site was formerly Tipperary Water which was the property of C&C Gleeson Ltd – it closed in 2016 with the loss of 100 jobs.
Rory McLoughney, Oscar Wilde Water, Deputy Michael Lowry TD, Pat Morrissey, C&C and John Hegarty, CEO Oscar Wilde Water pictured at the announcement.
“Borrisoleigh has, for generations, been synonmous wth the drinks industry. It has in recent years suffered a number of setbacks with the loss of employment and local economic activity. I have worked closely with all the partners involved to ensure that this long tradition is reestablished in Borrisoleigh. The new company enjoys the confidence and support of an experienced and knowledgeable workforce and from all of the relevant state agencies. I am confident that it will have a successful and bright future and will make a very meaningful and valuable contribution to the Borrisoleigh/Thurles – Templemore District,” Deputy Lowry told The Tipperary Star.
The project is supported by Tipperary Leader, the Local Enterprise Office and Tipperary County Council and has already secured a number of bottling contracts from a key Irish bottled water brand to help it achieve true economies of scale.
The excited CEO, John Hegarty said, “The move to this 50,000 sq ft facility will create up to 100 new jobs in Borrisoleigh and will allow Oscar Wilde Water to significantly expand both its product range and output volumes.”
A full new product range is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full reports and reaction to this great news.