MOUNTMELLICK is getting a much-needed employment boost just a week after 26 people lost their jobs.
Large IT firm Nostra announced last week that it plans to hire 20 staff for its office in Mountmellick, ranging from help desk engineers to accounts managers.
The good news comes in the wake of a major jobs blow for the town, after Standex confirmed that it would close its plant in Acragar this year with the loss of about 26 jobs. Pump manufacturer Standex employs nearly 60 people at two facilities in the town and its second plant, based at the MDA campus in Irishtown, will continue in operation.
With a headquarters in Lucan, Co Dublin, Nostra was founded 14 years ago by Laois man Kevin O’Loughlin and currently employs more than 100 people. It has opened a second office in Mountmellick and is recruiting for a variety of positions.
The jobs on offer include help desk engineers; professional services engineers; SharePoint consultants; project managers; service delivery managers; pre-sales; account management and new business development.
A former finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of The Year Awards, Kevin co-founded Nostra in 2006 and was joined in the business later by his brother Barry O’Loughlin. Employment has grown from five people to just over 100, with turnover expected to exceed €13 million by the end of this year.
Nostra says it anticipates “rapid growth” over the next three years and the new recruitment drive aims to boost overall staff numbers to 150 by 2022.
Nostra will be among a range of Irish companies exhibiting at the Laois Jobs Fair in the Midlands Park Hotel from 2pm to 8pm this Wednesday, 12 February. People can register for a free ticket at www.laoisjobsfair.ie.