Posted on Friday 22 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster joined Tayto CEO Paul Allen to announce an expansion at the company's Tandragee factory.

Crisp maker the Tayto Group has announced plans to create 58 new jobs at its plant in Tandragee to help it meet growing demand for its products.

The crisp and snack company said it is committing nearly £6m in additional wages and salaries over the next five years, which it hopes will provide a boost to the local economy in Co Armagh.

Invest NI has offered the crisp and snack company £232,000 of support through its Jobs Fund to assist with the expansion. When in place the new jobs will contribute over £1m a year in salaries to the local economy, said Invest NI.

Paul Allen, Tayto's Chief Executive, said: "These new positions have been created as part of our long-term strategy to increase the capacity of our facilities here in Northern Ireland to meet increased demand, both nationally and internationally. While we are now very much a national company, our home is very definitely in County Armagh."

Tayto is the third largest crisp and snack manufacturer in the UK. It currently employs 390 staff at Tandragee Castle, and a further 900 at its other UK sites.

The company also has plants in Scunthorpe, Corby, Wolverhampton and Bolton. The firm owns a number of major brands including Real, Fusion, Tayto, Golden Wonder, Rough Cuts and Mr Porky.

Commenting on the new jobs, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "For over 50 years Tayto has been providing employment in Northern Ireland and in the past six years the company has experienced significant growth through acquisition. This investment in new jobs reflects the company's ongoing commitment to the local area.

"Invest NI is supporting the investment through its Jobs Fund, which is helping companies create jobs and get people back into work. By 2014 Invest NI aims to have supported the creation of 4,000 jobs through this measure, which is part of its Boosting Business initiative."



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