Kirby Group Engineering announces 300 new jobs

Irish engineering firm predicts significant growth through data centre construction.

Kirby Group Engineering has announced plans to create 300 new jobs as part of a significant expansion to meet demand for its services in Ireland and across Europe.

The family-founded, privately owned company says the new jobs will include engineering, commercial, operations and administrative staff, with recruitment for many of these roles already underway. As part of this recruitment drive, Kirby is looking to attract almost 100 people to be deployed across its hugely successful Apprenticeship Scheme and Graduate Programme.

Kirby has also announced a significant structural investment, comprising a €2 million plan to upgrade its company headquarters in County Limerick. The company currently employs over 1,200 people, with 200 new employees having joined during 2020.

Since its foundation in 1964, Kirby Group Engineering has built a reputation for being a trusted provider of mechanical and electrical engineering and construction services. The company has significant operations across Ireland, the UK and is establishing a strong foothold in mainland Europe. The company is predicting turnover in 2021 of €360 million.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said, “Today’s announcement of an additional 300 jobs represents another great milestone for Kirby Group Engineering, Limerick and the wider Mid-West region. We want Ireland to be a great location, and a competitive location, to start and scale businesses just like this. Kirby’s expansion is testament to the skills and talent this country has to offer, and I note in particular the value the company places on graduates and apprentices in shaping its future. I wish everyone at Kirby Group Engineering many more decades of success.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar said, “This is great news, not just for Limerick but across the country and indeed Europe, where Kirby Group operates. I’m especially pleased to see the investment the company is making in taking on apprentices – that’s a big priority for Government. We’ve had a really difficult few months and announcements like these, with companies expanding and investing in Ireland is a real sign that brighter days are ahead and there is reason to be hopeful. Congratulations to the Kirby Group team and the very best of luck with this expansion.”

Kirby currently operates in seven countries around Europe and its expansion has been greatly supported by Enterprise Ireland. CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo Clancy said, “At Enterprise Ireland, we welcome this significant announcement by Kirby Group as they invest in the midwest region and right across Ireland. Our global network has been delighted to help to support the company’s operations and growth in new overseas markets where they provide high value services in mission critical applications for global customers across multiple sectors.”

Managing Director of Kirby Group Engineering, Mark Flanagan says, “I’m very proud to unveil this expansion plan at our Limerick Headquarters on a landmark day for Kirby. This announcement, coupled with recruitment last year in spite of the global pandemic, will result in our team growing by 500 in a two year period. Our team is making fantastic inroads at the cutting edge of construction across Europe and the people we welcome onboard in this phase will be a vital support to the future of the company”.

The construction phase of the Limerick expansion is projected to take six months, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

Limerick native Ruairi Ryan, who is an Associate Director with Kirby is taking on the role of Business Unit Leader for the Munster region to lead this expansion: “This announcement demonstrates our commitment to our staff and customers in this part of Ireland, which set us on the road towards an exciting journey of growth. I have been with Kirby since serving my time as an apprentice, and it’s a real honour to be able to lead the company forward in a region I know so well. I look forward in particular to working with the new intake of apprentices and graduates, as they chart their careers using the Kirby Way”.

Most of the company’s growth in the next twelve months will come from the construction of new data centre projects while also meeting the demands of its customer base across life sciences, industrial, commercial and energy sectors.

Attending the announcement in Limerick were Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Kirby Group Managing Director,  Mark Flanagan, Eve Cassidy, Civil Engineer and Paul Lynam,  Apprentice.
Attending the announcement in Limerick were Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Kirby Group Managing Director, Mark Flanagan, Eve Cassidy, Civil Engineer and Paul Lynam, Apprentice.
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