Londonderry company, Perfecseal, a leading global supplier of sterile packaging materials to the healthcare industry, has welcomed its 250th employee. Cordner Stuart, who previously worked at Adria as a hosiery technician and was made redundant earlier this year, has taken up the position of coater with Perfecseal.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have a second chance at a second career. Obviously it was devastating for me when I lost my job but I’ve been able to retrain and am very happy with my new position at Perfecseal,” says Mr Stuart.
Donal Durkan, Director of Invest Northern Ireland’s Life Sciences and Creative division, met Mr Stuart and Keith McCracken, General Manager of Perfecseal, on a recent visit to Campsie Industrial Estate in Derry to view progress on the company’s new £18 million state-of-the-art facility. The 120,000 sq ft factory is being built with support from Invest NI. It will have a dedicated R&D facility and be equipped with the latest high-technology production machinery.
Mr Durkan says: “Perfecseal’s significant investment in this new facility will bring benefits to the wider northwest area. It is offering high value employment and training opportunities to local people such as Mr Stuart.
“Perfecseal’s focus on R&D and innovation has made it a leader in the life sciences sector. This investment will allow it to further develop its core R&D capabilities and to significantly grow its turnover in export markets.”
Keith McCracken says: “The new facility at Campsie will give Perfecseal the infrastructure we need to achieve our ambitious growth targets and meet the increasingly rigorous regulatory requirements of healthcare packaging. The company is growing steadily and we’re delighted to welcome Mr Stuart as our 250th employee.”
A division of US company, Bemis Inc, Perfecseal is currently based at Springtown Industrial Estate. Invest NI’s Property Solutions Unit helped the company to search for suitable premises, eventually identifying an Invest NI-owned serviced site at Campsie as the best option.
A global leader in the healthcare and pharmaceutical packaging markets, Perfecseal specializes in the manufacture of co-extruded films, laminated films, flexible forming films, foil barrier films, pouches, bags, thermoformed trays, lids, labels, heat seal coated Tyvek® and heat seal coated medical grades of paper. In addition to Londonderry, Perfecseal has facilities in Oshkosh and New London, Wisconsin; Mankato, Minnesota; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Selangor, Malaysia.