Posted on Thursday 26 August 2010 byUlster Business
Randox Laboratories has opened a $7m facilitiy in Kearneysville, West Virginia, in what will be a major strategic expansion for the Northern Ireland diagnostics company.
The Crumlin-based firm said it is seeking to employ 130 people in the US over the next two years, significantly increasing the company’s potential in the North American market.
The recruitment drive will focus on research and development staff, as well as those required for customer and technical support, sales and marketing at the new 30,000-square-foot facility., which is located only 60 miles from Washington D.C.
State Governor Joe Manchin, opening the facility, said: “West Virginia works in partnership with industries here at home and around the world to develop successful relationships and create sustainable jobs. I am pleased that Randox is investing in West Virginia and welcome the opportunities presented by Randox Laboratories. I am confident that West Virginia has the people, skills and infrastructure that will enable Randox to prosper in the United States.”
Randox founder Dr Peter FitzGerald (pictured) added: “The utilisation of these facilities will enable Randox to increase the level of technical and service support we can provide to our customers in the US, enabling greater market penetration. We are now actively recruiting sales, marketing and technical support staff and are also seeking high-grade life scientists to compliment our cutting edge research and development conducted in Northern Ireland.”
Initially the new facility in West Virginia will act as a centre for customer and technical support, research and development and as a sales and distribution hub. Manufacturing capabilities are anticipated in the future.
“The United States offers great opportunities for Randox,” said Dr Fitzgerald, “and we are very much looking forward to developing our operations here.”