Morrisons invests in North Wales plant
Morrisons has unveiled a major new investment in its fresh meat plant at Farmers Boy Deeside in North Wales to increase capacity and upgrade facilities.
The retailer is investing £6.4m in the facility, in order to expand production from sliced meat and deli products to include a new range of ready-to-eat chicken meals that will be sold in all of its 477 stores.
The project will create 90 new jobs at the Deeside plant and see new equipment and machinery installed and facilities upgraded. Capacity will be increased to around 40 tons per week and the factory floor will be re-configured to accommodate the new food lines and staff.
The new expansion has been supported by a grant of £635,000 from the Welsh government through the Economic Growth Fund, which aims to fast-track projects with job growth potential.
Mario Jacobs, general manager at Farmers Boy Deeside, said: “This investment will ensure that our Deeside site is equipped to meet the needs of the business as it continues to grow. We are delighted to announce this move will create up to 90 jobs and will look to fill these jobs with local candidates where possible.”
Welsh business minister Edwina Hart said that the capital investment and job creation would provide a tremendous boost to the economy of North Wales. She said the Welsh Government recognised agri-food as a priority sector in the Welsh economy, with the potential to grow and create jobs.
Morrisons acquired the factory in July 2010 as part of joint venture with Cranswick and, together, they invested £30m into expanding the plant, doubling its size to 175,000sq ft and increasing capacity and capability. Staff numbers grew from 300 to 600. In March this year, Cranswick sold its 49% interest in the site to the supermarket.