Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2015 by Ulster Business
Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Jim Dobson, Managing Director of Dunbia Group
County Tyrone meat processor Dunbia is to create 209 jobs over the next three years as part of a £27m investment.
It will be upgrading the production lines at its Dungannon plant and creating an “intelligent boning hall” in an effort to ramp up production and target export markets.
The plant already employs nearly 1,000 people in the procurement, slaughter and de-boning of cattle and sheep, as well as wholesale distribution and retail packing of beef and lamb.
“Innovation has been at the heart of Dunbia’s success and this investment in new production technology will create a centre of excellence for beef deboning,” Jim Dobson, Managing Director of Dunbia Group, said. “It will help us to maintain our position as a leading meat processor in the UK and Ireland and to deliver on our growth strategy over the next three to five years.”
Invest NI has offered £2million of capital grant support to the project and Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment minister Arlene Foster welcomed the investment.
“The new boning hall will help the company achieve improved butchery efficiencies and economies of scale, while the installation of new production lines using the most modern automated retail butchery will increase retail packing efficiencies,” she said.
And she emphasized the growing importance of the agri-food sector.
“The meat sector plays an important part in our economic success and the sector has continued to grow, despite the downturn. This kind of investment is significant, not just for the future long-term sustainability of Dunbia, but also for its positive impact on the agri-food supply chain and the red meat sector as a whole."