26 Sep 2016 | 08.59 am
WP Engine Hiring 100 For Limerick Centre
Texas company powers websites and applications built on WordPress
26 Sep 2016 | 08.59 am
WP Engine, a US tech company that powers websites and applications built on the WordPress platform, is setting up operations in Limerick, which will create 100 jobs over three years.
WP Engine said that its new technical support and innovation centre in Limerick will support the growing demand for managed WordPress across EMEA. Around 5% of the online world visits a website powered by WP Engine daily. The Austi, Texas-headquartered firm was founded in 2010 and opened a London office in 2015.
IDA Ireland is supporting WP Engine’s expansion in Limerick and the launch of its centre has also been welcomed by finance minister Michael Noonan. “Both Ireland and WP Engine share an international focus and a desire to grow by creating value through hard work and endeavour,” said Noonan. “I’m confident that the people of Limerick and its surrounds will provide WP Engine with the skilled and motivated workforce it needs to continue its success.”
WP Engine’s Limerick centre is the company’s first customer service hub established outside the US. Its customers range from New Relic, Network Rail and Soundcloud to individuals and startups. WP Engine offers a subscription-based service for WordPress users, providing them with a range of managed services, including security, cloud hosting and disaster recovery.
Heather Brunner, CEO of WP Engine, said that the company’s aim was to be present in cities that are successful in terms of job creation and attracting businesses. “Limerick has a terrific environment and culture where the community, government and business leaders are committed to building local talent and creating a technology innovation and incubation centre,” she said.
Separately, medical device manufacturer Fort Wayne Metals Ireland announced that it will expand its production operations in Castlebar, creating 40 jobs over five years. The €10m investment will add 20,000 sq. ft of production floor space in the next year.
Founded in 1971, Fort Wayne Metals manufactures medical materials such as precision wire and components. Its materials are used in guidewires, stents, embolic filters, pacemaker leads and orthopaedic devices, amongst other devices.
Fort Wayne Metals Ireland commenced operations in Castlebar in 2002 and now employs 80 staff. The parent company, headquartered in Indiana, USA, is a privately held company with nine manufacturing plants.
Chairman and CEO Scott Glaze applauded the success and commitment of his team in Castlebar and reiterated the company’s commitment to Ireland. “We are very proud of the achievements and the commitment of our people here. Our people are our strength and this is what gives me great confidence in this investment.”
He added that the strong work ethic, the availability of highly skilled staff and the support and guidance given by IDA Ireland and the Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA) were key factors in making the decision to expand in Castlebar.