Westport-based workwear company Portwest has announced an investment in an Italian footwear manufacturer.
Base Protection Footwear makes safety shoes for millions of people globally, operating factories in Italy and Albania.
This is Portwest's first investment in safety footwear and CEO Harry Hughes says it fits well with the company strategy of offering customers a head to toe safety solution.
Portwest is one of the world's fastest-growing workwear companies, specialising in fire-resistant and high visibility workwear and personal protective equipment.
The Westport-based company is run by the Hughes family, and currently employs over 4,500 people worldwide with warehousing facilities in Ireland, the UK, Poland, Dubai, Australia and the USA, and four fully-owned factories in Asia and Africa.