Job potential as multinational Canadian company plans to set up in Laois

Plans lodged for Portlaoise plant

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Drawings of plans for Canadian company's Irish base in Portlaoise.

A growing multi-national Canadian company wants to build a plant in Portlaoise which it says has the potential for up to 25 jobs.

Greenfield Global's Irish wing - Greenfield Global LFS Ireland Limited - is awaiting a decision from Laois County Council to build a blending and packaging facility and associated infrastructure at the IDA Business Park on the Mountrath Road.

The IDA has given its backing to the company to develop a site in the park for a facility which the company's planning application says could employ up to 25 staff when operational.

The almost 4,000 square metre facility will be located on a 15,000 square metre site. The application says half of the facility will be used for manufacturing.

The company wants to begin construction in 2019.

Headquartered in Toronto, Greenfield Global operates in 15 locations around the world. It says it operates state-of-the-art production and packaging facilities with 500 employees. The company claims to manufacture and ship more than 1,600 products to more than 5,000 customers in almost 50 countries worldwide.

Pictured Greenfield's global export map.

Greenfield is reported to be the largest high-purity alcohol company in North America. Under the Pharmco brand, the company offers a wide range of speciality alcohols and bio-based chemicals to quality-driven and environmentally-conscious customers around the globe.

Kenneth Field is the company's founder. The company's website says that under his leadership, the firm has grown into the largest manufacturer and distributor of fuel ethanol, industrial alcohol, and alcohol-related products in Canada.

The company has manufacturing and processing facilities in Canada, the United States and Malaysia. 

The IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan was in Portlaoise recently where it met with Laois County Council and local TDs Minister Charlie Flanagan, Sean Fleming and Brian Stanley.

Laois TD Sean Fleming said he was hopeful of jobs following the meeting.