Alltech opened its newly extended European headquarters at the site of its facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. President and founder of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons, was joined at the official ribbon cutting by former EU Commissioner, David Byrne and Dr. Deirdre Lyons, co-founder of Alltech.
The expansion comes in response to Alltech's growing presence in Europe, a region which has recently become number one for Alltech's sales, globally. The facility in Dunboyne, now employing 102 people, has been expanded in size and capacity from 1,200 square meters to 3,600 square meters. Alltech have also upgraded its existing research laboratories, allowing much of the molecular research into animal health to take place at the site. Some of the other departments based at the facility are European marketing, regulatory, sales, finance, customer service and Alltech's quality control department. Alltech's sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy will be activated from the facility as well as the Alltech Career Development Program.
Dr. Deirdre Lyons, director of corporate image and project management at Alltech, oversaw the building and also commissioned a number of art installations located throughout the facility. The Lír room tells the story of the children of Lír, both literally in Celtic script on the walls and through the sculpted glass swans that show human faces in their feathers. Artist Roisin Fitzpatrick, known as "the artist of light," has also been involved with the creation of some of the pieces that will be installed over the coming weeks, reflecting designs from Newgrange and celebrating local mythology and Irish history. Light also links the past with the future in the heart of the building, through a large sculpture of an atom with translucent DNA spirals bursting through, located in the atrium.
"Alltech opened its first international office in Ireland almost 30 years ago and I am extremely proud today of what it has become: the focal point for Alltech's European activities and a shining example of what we are about," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech. "We are experiencing tremendous growth globally and none more so than in Europe. This €10 million (USD13.49 million) investment represents a commitment from Alltech to this region and to Ireland for the future."