SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has welcomed the creation of almost 200 jobs in Derry by manufacturing firm Vertiv.
The firm is creating the jobs with support from Invest NI for some of the roles.
Mr Eastwood attended the jobs announcement on Thursday morning.
Said the Foyle MP: “This announcement by Vertiv of almost 200 new jobs for Derry is hugely welcome and creates a range of opportunities for people in our city to obtain skilled and well-paid work in a growing company.
“I was delighted to be in attendance at the announcement today and to discuss the company’s plans for the future and their place in our city.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the work of Phillip O’Doherty who through his stewardship of E&I Engineering and now with Vertiv has created so much opportunity in our city and region.
“His entrepreneurship has brought significant investment to Derry and his continued commitment to the area is driving positive change for people here.
“I also recognise the important role played by Invest NI in supporting the creation of these jobs.
“The SDLP has long been calling for the company to drive investment towards the most deprived parts of the North and to implement sub-regional targets to ensure that every area receives its share of funding.
“I hope that we will continue to see them work positively with companies in the North West following the recent overhaul of the organisation.
“This latest positive jobs announcement for our city shows that we are developing a reputation as a place of significant opportunity, where companies will be warmly welcomed and have access to a skilled and committed workforce.
“I will continue to do everything I can to work with companies to attract the investment that is so important to improving our local economy and addressing the long-term issues that exist here.”