LIMERICK has received its first major jobs boost of 2017, with Canadian firm Optel Vision announcing 100 new roles in Raheen.

The high-tech company, which provides solutions to the manufacturing industry, is more than doubling its local workforce.

And hundreds more jobs could be created at its base in the former ONSemiconductor factory, as company bosses plan to make Limerick a “hub” of its global activity.

“We are investing a lot of money here. A lot of good people are going to be here, well-trained with a lot of experience,” explained Etienne Pellerin, the hardware design and configuration director with the firm.

The roles on offer at Optel Vision in Limerick include jobs for process engineers, process assembly technicians, field service engineers, and technical support specialists.


Timmy Hayes, the firm’s human resources and recruitment manager, said the filling of the jobs will kick off immediately.

Optel Vision will hold an open day on February 2, where it will outline the positions on offer.

Mr Hayes added that Optel Vision’s parent company, Optel Group is expanding into other areas, including the fields of pharmaceutical, medical devices and technology, taking advantage of the city’s strong community of companies in these fields.

“The company has identified Limerick as a potential hub from the medical devices point of view," he explained.

Mr Pellerin added: “The skillset of the people in Limerick is in line with what we are going in terms of the company. There is a strong pool of talent here. This centre is key to our future.”

Founded in Quebec, Canada, Optel Vision initially opened its European headquarters in Limerick back in 2014, and has 72 people on its books in Raheen at present.

Globally, it employs some 720 people across four sites.