Food manufacturer 2 Sisters has invested in a multi-million pound project to expand its value chicken processing plant in Cambuslang, Scotland, which will consequently create around 180 jobs in the region.
The money has been spent on a 1,022m² extension to its existing plant, as well as two modern high volume ovens, spiral chillers and freezers, plus a general refurbishment of the current site.
The factory, based in Westburn Farm Road, processes ‘added value’ roasted and coated chicken products, such as breaded and seasoned chicken. The new extension could boost the plant’s capacity by approximately 50 per cent - the firm claims that this will allow them to keep up with customer demand.
For the expansion project to be successful, employees at the plant had to agree to a change in the current shift patterns as the firm wanted to implement a seven day, 24 hour operation. The new shifts will begin in mid-February.
Olivier Goudineau, managing director of 2 Sisters added value poultry, said: “We’re delighted to have come to an agreement with the unions and extended our working hours at the factory. This has unlocked the expansion plan and in turn means we can take on 180 additional colleagues.
“A lot of hard work has gone into realising this opportunity and it’s a great example of working together to achieve our aims.”
Mr Goudineau added that many people have been involved in making the project successful, including the Unite union, the local regeneration team in Scotland and MSP James Kelly.
It acquired the factory in March last year when it purchased most of Vion’s UK red meat and processing sites.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decided not to refer to the purchase to competition authorities last July, a decision that safeguarded the 400 employees at the plant as 2 Sisters would have been otherwise forced to sell.
In June, the Scottish government offered financial backing in order to secure jobs at the site just in case the OFT went ahead with a referral.
The plans to extend the plant is yet more positive news for employees.