Eishtec, the company that announced 200 new jobs for Clonmel last week, has been overwhelmed by the interest shown in their arrival in the town.
Last Friday morning a queue of jobseekers had formed at the Hotel Minella before company representatives opened a day long recruitment/information event at 10am.
In the first hour, one hundred and thirty people had arrived to express an interest in working for the company.
“We are overwhelmed by the response and it just confirms our decision to come to Clonmel”, said co-founder of the company Heather Reynolds, whose recruitment team conducted interviews throughout the day.
Ms Reynolds said they had looked at a number of sites in every part of the country and selected Clonmel because of the available resource and an existing quality talent pool.
“Clonmel came out on top and we are delighted that the site is in the same region where the company was established,” said Ms Reynolds, who founded the company in Waterford in May 2011 with just nine employees and now it employs 1,300 at its site in Waterford, Wexford and Craigavon.
“We are delighted with the interest shown in the company and what we have to offer and very happy with our decision to come to Clonmel” she said.
Deirdre Phelan, a native of Fethard now living in Cahir, will be in charge of the company operation in Clonmel at a premises in the Ard Gaoithe business park.
Deirdre, who has been with Eishtec from the very start, said that they would move into a section of that building this week and confirmed that the first forty employees would be taken on by October 5 and the second forty by October 26 with the full two hundred posts operational in six months. Working hours at the site would be from 8am to 10pm.
“Eishtec is a very good company to work for. I am from Tipperary so I am very proud of the fact that Eishtec is setting up business here,” said Deirdre.
She said that the company was inundated with applications from the minute the announcement was made by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.
They were very happy with the turnout at the information day in Clonmel and said that anybody interested in applying for a job in Clonmel that was not able to attend the information day could continue to submit applications and further interviews would be held at the company site in Ard Gaoithe.
Among the hundreds who turned up for interview on the day was Olivia O’Driscoll who said she was hopeful of getting a job with the new company.
“Their arrival is a massive boost for Clonmel, it is great news for the town and the area,” said Olivia, who was a former employee for four years of Intellicom in Clonmel which closed down recently.
“It is fantastic that Eishtec are offering so many opportunities in the town, the large number of people who showed up here shows the demand that is out there for jobs,” she said.
Olivia, who was a team leader at the company, said the closure of the Clonmel base was a shock to everybody involved and she was out of work since May.
“I was thrilled to hear that Eishtec had decided to come to Clonmel which is very promising for the town”, she added.
Another jobs hopeful David Kinnane from Cashel said he had been out of work for two years and he appreciated the opportunity to be able to apply for a job at the company.
A former Dell employee in Limerick, David said he had secured employment since on short term contracts but he wanted to get a full time job.