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Randox creating 540 new jobs at former Massereene army base

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Media captionThe medical firm is to redevelop the former Massereene army base in Antrim

Medical company Randox has announced 540 new jobs in one of the biggest expansion projects in its 30-year history.

It is redeveloping the former Massereene army base in Antrim, into a manufacturing and research facility in an investment totalling £161m.

Randox develops medical tests and makes diagnostic equipment used in labs in more than 145 countries.

The company said the jobs would pay average salaries of £30,000.

They will be created over the next four years.

Randox bought the Antrim site in 2013. It will be renamed Randox Science Park.

It will be redeveloped to become its prime manufacturing site, alongside facilities in Britain, Ireland, India and the US.

The new jobs are in several fields - scientific, engineering and manufacturing positions, as well as sales and marketing.

Innovation

Randox is a family-owned business employing more than 1,300 people.

Its founder and managing director, Peter Fitzgerald, said: "We must continue innovating, through our people, through our knowledge and through our technology.

"Randox Science Park gives us the platform we need to do this.

"This expansion reinforces our dedication to improving health worldwide and our commitment to the regional economy."

Invest NI is providing a £4.7m grant towards the redevelopment.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness made the announcement during a visit to the site.

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