Permission granted for new Welsh poultry plant

A new Welsh poultry processing plant will create 150 new jobs, after planning permission was granted for the multi-million-pound investment in Wrexham.

A former First Milk site at Marchwiel will be reborn as Maelor Poultry, due to investment from Midlands-based business Salisbury Poultry.

Salisbury Poultry commercial director Stephen Hammond said: “We are delighted to have the support and approval of the council to go ahead with this major project that will bring a £10m investment and 150-plus jobs to Wrexham and the surrounding area, as well as more jobs in the supply chain that will be needed to support our venture.”

The company, which has a £70m annual turnover, said the Welsh government had backed the project because it met its commitment to working with new food business investors in Wales, under the recently launched Food and Drink Action Plan.

Hammond added: “A lot of hard work and commitment has gone into reaching this point and we very much appreciate receiving the backing of the Welsh Assembly Government.

“Our detailed plans have been carefully drawn up to be considerate to the area and to enhance the site itself, which we are sure is better than allowing this large space and its buildings to become a dilapidated eyesore. At the same time, we will be putting a major site back into productive use and that will send a positive signal to other firms about Wrexham being a place where you can do business.”

Maelor Poultry described itself as a family-owned company with strong values, traditions, and a history of organic growth since 1989. At present, the company employs more than 400 people.

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