Tipperary pharmaceutical firm MSD marks forty years in business

Tipperary pharmaceutical firm MSD marks forty years in business

Longest serving employees Helen Kearns and John Casey cut the birthday cake.

One of Tipperary's most iconic and long established companies, MSD in Ballydine is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, which is also the 125th anniversary of the founding of MSD globally. 

The healthcare company’s Ballydine facility, which has been a vibrant part of the Ballydine community since 1976, is now one of the region’s largest employers with over 450 highly-skilled people employed at the site. 

MSD in Ballydine develops innovative methods for the formulation and supply of new products and houses a formulation R&D and manufacturing facility on-site. The plant exports to over 30 countries with main markets being Europe, USA and Japan.

 The leadership team at the Ballydine plant.

Its employees are a crucial part of the site’s success, and two of the original employees, Frank Cantwell and John Casey, who started with the company in 1976, are still working there. 

Amongst its workforce, MSD in Ballydine has nine married couples, an All-Ireland Camogie Champion, and thirteen employees with at least 35 years service.

 Ger Carmody, Associate Vice President of Operations, MSD in Ballydine, said -  “2016 marks a significant milestone in the history of our site. Ballydine has evolved over the past forty years to become a leader in cutting-edge innovation - our strong technical capabilities mean that we can play a pivotal role in developing breakthrough healthcare products for patients around the world. Our ethos here has always been to innovate and we do this by investing in research and development across our site and investing in our people.

 Site manager Ger Carmody addresses staff at the celebration.

“We’re proud to be part of the Ballydine community and over the past 40 years, our team has been actively engaged in initiatives in the local community and we are committed to making a difference through a range of community, workplace and environmental CSR programmes, which include supporting causes that matter to our people and neighbours. "This has included initiatives in promoting STEM in local Schools through Junior Achievement, support for Science Week and our Bright Ideas Competition. We have recently supported many local charities including the Irish Cancer Society, the South East Mountain Rescue, St. Vincent de Paul, The Red Cross, the Alzheimer’s Society, Kilsheelan Tidy Towns, Carrick on Suir River Rescue and Barnardos.” 

 Se Harney, Paddy Kehoe and Conal McCullagh at the celebrations.

Since its establishment in 1976, when MSD chose Ballydine for the opening of one manufacturing plant with a team of 176 employees, the site has grown significantly. Expansions at the site over the past forty years include the establishment of a second manufacturing plant, as well as two dedicated R&D facilities for the formulation and commercialisation of products. 

 To celebrate 40 years in the community, MSD in Ballydine marked the anniversary with a number of celebration events throughout the year.