Harmac to create 60 new jobs in Roscommon

Harmac to accelerate manufacture of surgical masks and ventilation products.

Castlerea in Roscommon awoke to the welcome news that 60 new jobs are to be created by Harmac Medical Products.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

“Our team members are helping people around the world by manufacturing products that will help keep Covid-19 patients alive”

The company is accelerating the manufacturing of surgical masks and non-invasive ventilation products.

The Harmac facility in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, was established in 1998. It allows Harmac to meet the needs of its international client base and serve as a significant supplier to the Irish and European operations of numerous medical technology companies. It performs such functions as design for reliability and manufacturability (DRM), prototyping, automation, custom assembly operations, cleanroom injection moulding, product re-engineering and R&D functions.

Harmac employs over 300 people in Castlerea, making it among Roscommon’s largest employers. The company is seeking employees in the areas of engineering, quality and manufacturing.

Record achievements

“All of us at Harmac are very proud of what we’ve accomplished during this challenging year by onboarding and supporting these new customers and their products in record time,” said president and CEO John F. Somers.

“We take great satisfaction in knowing that our employees are protected by masks made by our team members – and that our team members are helping people around the world by manufacturing products that will help keep Covid-19 patients alive.”

This expansion will allow Harmac to manufacture substantial volumes of surgical masks for its Multinational client, which has international and domestic customers. Harmac will also ramp up its manufacturing of non-invasive ventilation devices for Intersurgical Respiratory Systems, for which it produces its StarMed respiratory hoods, increasing its output to meet unprecedented rising global demand.

Thanks to its dedicated employees, including critical support from Harmac’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York, the company adapted its Castlerea facility and provided a safe working environment, allowing these critical projects to be ramped up in extraordinarily brief timeframes.

“Harmac’s Castlerea campus has class-leading capabilities, allowing us to collaborate with customers from a design, engineering, tooling and manufacturing standpoint to ensure that projects are brought online as aggressively as possible,” added Harmac-Ireland’s managing director Mick McEnroe.

“It’s a major differentiator between us and our competitors, and it’s very inspiring to be able to help customers under these circumstances.”

Somers said that Harmac is equally proud to have been able to continue its community support during the pandemic, through a partnership with the An Chistin Training and Community Kitchen in Castlerea, and the help of other volunteers.

“We played a role in ensuring that the most vulnerable in our Roscommon community were provided with a hot meal – daily – during the lockdown,” Somers added. “Our mission is to change the lives of patients, employees and the communities in which were work – and this year, it’s been especially important for us all to maintain that focus.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan added: “Since 1998, Harmac has been a committed employer in the West region and can be assured of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 8 December 2020