David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East has welcomed the decision by Irish Distillers – Pernod Ricard to create a total of 280 jobs at Midleton Distillery. These jobs will result from the decision to invest €100 million in expanding the production site in Midleton.
“I am very pleased that Midleton Distillery is going to benefit from such a large investment. I understand that this will entail the creation of 30 new permanent jobs in the manufacturing plant in Midleton, and also another 30 at the bottling plant in Dublin.
“In addition to the 30 permanent posts, the planned expansion of the distillery will require 250 construction workers during the 18 month construction phase. This amount of jobs will be a huge boost for Midleton and East Cork as a whole which, like most areas across the country, have seen a large increase in unemployment in the last couple of years.
“The success of the Jameson brand is a real good news story for Midleton where whiskey has been produced for over 185 years. I understand that the investment is required to expand the plant as it is already operating at full capacity. The expansion will allow Irish Distillers to continue to meet the ever increasing demand for Jameson worldwide.
“I imagine that the increase in production capacity and employment at the Midleton plant should also have a knock on effect in generating employment for other local business. Farmers, hauliers and other ancillary businesses should benefit as well as local tourism as the Jameson brand becomes known to an ever wider international market.