Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This is excellent news for Carrickfergus and the wider economy.
“This follows similar job announcements and major contracts by businesses in East Antrim such as Caterpillar and Terumo. It is great to see the local economy performing so well and I look forward to more positive news for companies in East Antrim.
“I have visited their factory a number of times and I know they have a dedicated and highly skilled workforce. I would like to thank Ryobi for directing these jobs to Carrickfergus.”