BOSTON Scientific staff are benefiting enormously from the flights between Cork and Providence in the US, which is less than 50 miles from their corporate headquarters.
Seán Gayer, VP of Operations for Boston Scientific said the new route, which began last summer, was making life easier for travelling staff.
“We have used it quite a lot, and for me, it is about convenience and efficiency,” he said.
“If we are going to our headquarters, we can fly out on a Sunday afternoon and be in Providence that evening.
“We can then do three full days of work and fly back on Wednesday evening and be back in Cork on Thursday morning. Landing in Cork from a transatlantic flight is hugely beneficial in comparison to landing in Dublin or Heathrow.
“We find it very good and cost-effective, it certainly works for us.”
He said the flights are also popular with US-based staff as a quick and easy way to visit their Cork base on the Model Farm Road.
“The more corporate visitors we can have to the site, the more beneficial it is for us. So we also encourage our Boston colleagues to use it.”
The company, which employs 890 people at its Cork operation, was awarded the Cork Company of the Year award last week.
Mr Gayer said they were delighted with the accolade.
“We were thrilled, especially when you consider the calibre of the other finalists,” he said.
“It is great to get local recognition, it is always special.
“There was a bounce in everyone’s step walking around on Monday.”
The company has had a base in Cork since 1997 and have plans for further development at the Model Farm Road site in 2018. They manufacture a wide range of medical devices and have more in the pipeline for the Cork plant.
“We have a new product pipeline of 23 product projects from 2017 to 2020. Six were launched in 2017 and we have three more for the first half of 2018.”
Mr Gayer paid tribute to Cork as a location for the company describing it as ‘a great place to do business’.
He cited their close relationship with UCC and CIT as a particular benefit.
With almost 900 staff members on site, they have had to be creative to manage traffic, with staggered start and finish times to alleviate pressure.
He said the company would like to see investment in infrastructure in Cork, with movement around the city a key concern.
“As the city continues to grow, we need to ensure we have adequate means of getting people around the city,” he said.
“I think that is the key thing. If you have people living in the city centre, who may or may not have cars, then it is really important that people have a way to move around and particularly get to work, including to the Model Farm Road.
“Unfortunately the people who start at 7am can’t avail of the bus service.”
They have also noticed some housing scarcity but said it has yet to have any serious impact on their staff, which tend to have a very low turnover.