Pharmaceutical firm Almac are to create 348 high quality jobs in Craigavon over the next five years, in a £54 million investment.
The announcement was made today by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster at the group’s Seagoe headquarters.
The jobs will be centred in two of the group’s business units, Pharma Services and Clinical Services.
Pharma Services is to benefit from 141 of the jobs and will also invest in new technologies and equipment.
The Clinical Services unit will be the base for 181 jobs as it invests in cold chain storage and distribution facilities along with enhanced information systems.
A further 26 support jobs will be created in IT and engineering.
Alan Armstrong, chairman and chief executive of the Almac Group, said, “We are fortunate to employ an excellent, highly-skilled workforce at our Craigavon headquarters which has played a major role in our global growth.
“It’s fantastic that demand for our services has resulted in the creation of so many new jobs as we embark on further expansion over the next five years.”
Mrs Foster said the investment will allow Almac to “respond to key trends within the pharmaceutical industry and enhance its market-leading position”.