Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation officially opened Revive Active’s new manufacturing plant in Mullingar. With an investment of over €500,000, the award-winning health supplement business, founded by Daithi O’Connor, began manufacturing in the new facility and has created 11 new jobs.
Previously Revive Active’s manufacturing was subcontracted to a company in Wales due to the absence of specialist manufactures in Ireland. “The move back to Ireland gives us greater control over our manufacture and supply” comments O’Connor, a finalist in last year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He goes on to say, “Brexit is one of the reasons the company has chosen to accelerate the plan to manufacture in-house.” However, he said the company’s relationship with its Welsh manufacturer will allow it to continue servicing its UK operations. “If it’s a hard Brexit we’ll look after all our UK retailers and service them from Wales. It will be a standalone operation and we won’t have any issues with customs and tariffs.”
The new 929sq m (10,000sq ft) facility in Mullingar, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland will be headed up by Colm Horton who was previously Head of Production at Dundalk manufacturing plant, ProBiotech.
“As an Irish company we operate a policy of buying local products and supporting local business, whenever possible and it was always in our plans to set up our own manufacturing facility here in Ireland and our vision is now a reality” continues O’Connor
The business now employs 35 including 19 staff from its headquarters in Galway.