Maelor Foods to open £20m poultry plant in Wrexham

Wrexham-based Maelor Foods is to open a new poultry plant following an investment of more than £20 million (m).

The facility, which will be officially opened by Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning & Rural Affairs, Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport, and Councillor John Pritchard, the Mayor of Wrexham, later this week, has been built on the site of the former First Milk factory that closed down in 2014.

Maelor Foods will begin processing poultry towards the end of this year.

The new plant has already created more than 70 jobs and recruitment is ongoing for new roles, including senior management, engineering, technical, butchery and administrative personnel and drivers, along with production operatives. The plant will eventually employ more than 150 people.

The Welsh Government assisted with the funding for the processing centre via a £3.15m grant from the Food Business Investment Scheme, which is designed to provide support to businesses that are involved in first- and/or second-stage processing activities.

Maelor Foods is associated with Midlands-based Salisbury Poultry and employs more than 600 full-time staff at its base in Bilston in the West Midlands.

Managing director Raj Mehta said: “The Ministers’ and Mayor’s visit will mark the culmination of an extensive refurbishment and extension programme, which has involved remodelling the existing buildings to create a state-of-the-art poultry processing production and slaughtering facilities.

“The support of the Welsh Assembly helped to unlock the redevelopment of the site and fill the employment gap that was left when First Milk closed down, so it will be great to illustrate how that funding has regenerated the area.”

He added: “As well as creating jobs for local people during the refurbishment and with the new roles we are introducing, we are very pleased to be supporting the wider supply chain in the agriculture sector.

“We are actively looking for more farmers to supply us with birds as we head towards working at our operational capacity. We held two open days in October for farmers and received a very enthusiastic response from visitors who were very impressed with the facility and wanted to learn more about becoming Maelor suppliers.”

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