Vion looking to expand

A proposal for a high-tech chicken plant in Suffolk, commissioned by two poultry firms and which could create 900 jobs, is being considered.

Local press reports claimed that proposals have been outlined in a scoping opinion document, written by agent Plandescil on behalf of Banham Poultry and Vion, to construct a facility in Eye, which could handle two million birds a year.

A Vion spokesperson said: “As a business we continue to look at options to increase facilities. This is one option and no decision has been made.”

The Evening Star quotes from the document that: “It is intended that the plant processes five days a week, 16 hours a day. However, with the associated clean down time, dispatch etc, the plant will be manned 24/7.

“It is expected that the total labour force, many of whom will work in a shift pattern, will reach 900 people at peak times, with a maximum of 700 on-site at any one time.”

The opinion document for the plant, which could be built on a former airfield site, is now reported to have been distributed to stakeholders in advance of any planning applications being submitted.

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