80 jobs for Castlebar as Fort Wayne Metals invests €10m

Fort Wayne Metals is to create 80 new jobs in Castlebar over the next five years in an investment supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

The company on Friday (20 September) opened its new 45,000 sq ft manufacturing facility.

Founded in 1970, Fort Wayne Metals is a leading manufacturer of medical materials, producing precision wire and components for all types of medical devices.

“This expansion is a testament to the hard work and talent of our Irish employees”

The company’s materials are used in guidewires, stents, embolic filters, pacemaker leads, neurostimulation leads, endoscopy, orthopedic devices, and more.

The right mettle for metal

Fort Wayne Metals Ireland commenced operations in Castlebar in 2002 and now employs 95 staff. The company manufactures products for medical device companies in Ireland, Europe and Asia. The parent Company headquartered in Indiana, USA, is a privately held company with twelve manufacturing plants.

“This expansion is a testament to the hard work and talent of our Irish employees,” said the CEO of Fort Wayne Metals, Scott Glaze.

“Their expertise and dedication have been fundamental to the growth of Fort Wayne Metals Ireland, and I have every confidence that they will be successful as they take on the challenges of manufacturing precision nitinol wire for our customers around the world.”

Fort Wayne Metals Ireland is the corporation’s only manufacturing facility outside the United States. This €10m expansion represents the next stage of growth for the company with its product diversification strategy focused on the manufacture and supply of specialty alloys such as nitinol.

“Fort Wayne Metals is very well established in Castlebar, having first set up operations here 17 years ago,” said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who opened the new facility last week.

“This major investment shows the company is committed for the long term. Essential components for medical devices which can improve and save lives are manufactured here and sold around the world. Congratulations to the local staff and management team who will be joined by 80 new employees over the next five years. The Government, through IDA Ireland, will continue to work with Fort Wayne as the company expands in the years ahead.”

Pictured above: Lough Lannagh,Castlebar,Co.Mayo, Ireland. Image: walshphotos/Shutterstock 

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 September, 2019