Drug giant MSD seeks permission for major expansion of Carlow plant

Company expects to add 170 jobs to 400-plus already working at manufacturing plant

Pharmaceutical company MSD has submitted plans for a major expansion of its Carlow facility. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pharmaceutical company MSD has submitted plans for a major expansion of its Carlow facility. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Drug giant MSD has applied for planning permission for a major expansion of its Carlow manufacturing plant.

The company, which trades as Merck in the United States and Canada, expects to add 170 jobs to the 400-plus already working in Carlow as it grows its capacity for biologics and vaccines at the site.

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