Kirby Group Engineering Limerick – Ruairi Ryan pictured at the company’s headquarters at Raheen Business Park. Picture: Press 22.
Kirby Group Engineering Limerick to create 300 new jobs
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne
Kirby Group Engineering will create 300 jobs as part of a significant expansion to meet the demand for its services in Ireland and across Europe.
The family-founded, privately-owned company said the new jobs will include engineering, commercial, operations and administrative staff, with recruitment for many of these roles already underway. The company was set up in 1964 and employs over 1,200 people with 200 new employees joining the company last year. As part of the recruitment drive, the company is looking to attract almost 100 people to be deployed across its hugely successful Apprenticeship Scheme and Graduate Programme.
Limerick native Ruairi Ryan, who is an Associate Director with Kirby is taking on the role of Business Unit Leader for the Munster region to lead this expansion. Ryan has been working with Kirby since his time as an apprentice with the company and believes a strong work ethic will get you anywhere you want to be. He said, “This announcement demonstrates our commitment to our staff and customers in this part of Ireland, which set us on the road towards an exciting journey of growth. I have been with Kirby since serving my time as an apprentice, and it’s a real honour to be able to lead the company forward in a region I know so well. I look forward in particular to working with the new intake of apprentices and graduates, as they chart their careers using the Kirby Way”.
Kirby has also announced a €2m plan to upgrade its company headquarters in Co Limerick. The construction phase of this expansion is projected to take six months, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
Since its foundation in 1964, Kirby Group Engineering has built a reputation for being a trusted provider of mechanical and electrical engineering and construction services. The company has significant operations across Ireland and the UK and is establishing a strong foothold in mainland Europe. The company is predicting turnover in 2021 of €360 million.
Kirby’s values – People, Safety, Quality, Delivery and Value – are placed at the centre of every Kirby project. As evidenced by the company’s recent ‘Investors in People’ award the company’s primary core value is People. Scoring in the top 2 per cent of their category globally, the firm worked hard to reach its goal of platinum level accreditation.
As it has expanded overseas, Kirby Group has received support from Enterprise Ireland, the State’s economic development agency.
Great news today @KirbyGroupEng is expanding, creating 300 new #jobs, across Ireland & Europe. Particularly pleased to see the #investment the company is making in taking on #apprentices – that’s a big priority for Government. Recruitment is underway pic.twitter.com/4Kng1T6I9T
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) July 2, 2021
Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said the announcement of an additional 300 jobs represents another great milestone for Kirby Group Engineering, Limerick and the wider Mid-West region. He said, “We want Ireland to be a great location, and a competitive location, to start and scale businesses just like this. Kirby’s expansion is a testament to the skills and talent this country has to offer, and I note in particular the value the company places on graduates and apprentices in shaping its future. I wish everyone at Kirby Group Engineering many more decades of success”.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said he was especially pleased to see the investment the company is making in taking on apprentices. He said, “This is great news, not just for Limerick but across the country and indeed Europe, where Kirby Group operates. I’m especially pleased to see the investment the company is making in taking on apprentices – that’s a big priority for Government. We’ve had a really difficult few months and announcements like these, with companies expanding and investing in Ireland, is a real sign that brighter days are ahead and there is reason to be hopeful. Congratulations to the Kirby Group team and the very best of luck with this expansion”.
The Managing Director of Kirby Group Engineering, Mark Flanagan, said today’s announcement, coupled with recruitment last year in spite of the global pandemic, will result in the company growing by 500 staff in a two year period. He said, “I’m very proud to unveil this expansion plan at our Limerick Headquarters on a landmark day for Kirby. This announcement, coupled with recruitment last year in spite of the global pandemic, will result in our team growing by 500 in a two year period. Our team is making fantastic inroads at the cutting edge of construction across Europe and the people we welcome onboard in this phase will be a vital support to the future of the company”.
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