Forklift manufacturer Combilift recently opened a new $60 million headquarters and manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland, that the company says will create 200
new jobs.

Combilift recently opened a new 500,000-square-foot headquarters in Ireland.

The new 500,000-square-foot plant will allow Combilift to double production, according to the company.

The 200 new jobs, to be created over the next three years, will be for skilled technicians, design engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists and those with mechanical and electrical mechatronics skills. Combilift currently employs 550 people.

“Combilift is an incredible homegrown Monaghan success story,” said Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who made an appearance at the grand opening. “When the company was founded 20 years ago, it had three employees, a brilliant concept, and the ambition to make it a reality. We need more homegrown companies like Combilift if we are to achieve our vision for a prosperous future for communities living in counties all across the country.”

Managing director Martin McVicar says that the investment will enable Combilift to meet its ambitious growth plans.

“We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015, and we are planning to recruit an additional 200 in the next three years,” he said. “The combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and a skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years.”

Established in 1998, Combilift currently exports 98 percent of its products to 85 countries through an international dealer network. The company developed the world’s first multidirectional all-wheel drive IC engine powered forklift in 1998. In its first year of operation, Combilift produced 18 units, 17 of which were exported. The company says it now has 40,000 units in operation in over 85 countries.

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