19/04/2012

DPD Create 50 New Jobs In Westmeath Expansion

50 new jobs will be created over the next 18 months following news that courier service DPD Ireland is to expand its facility in Co Westmeath.

Since its formation in 1986 the firm has grown from 10 depots to 38; now employing over 600 people.

Carrying around 8 million parcels a year, it contributes an estimated €40 million to the economy.

The expansion will take place at its fulfilment and distribution facility in Athlone.

Chief executive Brendan O’Neill said the firm reflected the country’s changing economic environment: “DPD’s customer base has become increasingly cost conscious - right across every sector. We’ve had to adapt quickly to that change.”

The company said it has several large multimillion-euro contracts in the pipeline, and has seen an increase in importance in web tools that allow customers to gain access to real-time updates on deliveries and collections.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton described the announcement as “a great boost for the region”.

“This is a company expanding through increased use of technology, R&D and innovation, and through the Action Plan for Jobs we will be seeking to encourage more businesses to follow this path,” he said.

(H)


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