Karro invests £2M in Scunthorpe site – 140 new jobs

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Meaty jobs opportunity: Karro plans to create 140 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Billet Lane, Scunthorpe
Meaty jobs opportunity: Karro plans to create 140 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Billet Lane, Scunthorpe

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Karro Food Group plans to create 140 jobs and invest £2M in its Scunthorpe plant following a significant increase in retail sales this year.

The pork processor plans to buy new machinery and upgrade the manufacturing site, which currently has about 200 employees and produces bacon and gammon products.

The move comes after Karro made 90 people redundant​ last year due to a large reduction in bacon orders from an unnamed customer, which was rumoured to be Tesco​. 

The job creation is welcome news for Scunthorpe after Tata Steel last year announced about 900 job losses at the North Lincolnshire town’s steelworks.

Keen to support steelworkers

Karro Scunthorpe – at a glance

  • Produces bacon and gammon products
  • Supplies nearly 20,000t of food products a year
  • About 200 employees

Karro human resources director Charles Pascall said the firm was keen to support steelworkers facing redundancy and now looking for alternative jobs.

“Many of the team at Karro have relatives and friends working at Tata and we know what a difficult time they are going through,” ​Pascall said.

“We also know what a dedicated and hardworking team they are and hopefully we may be able to help with our vacancies.”

Karro received a number of CVs from steelworkers after a recent recruitment event at Tata and the company plans to attend another jobs fair later this month. 

Difficult time for staff

Pascall said: “The positive attitude of everyone that we met really impressed us in what is a difficult time for staff.”

Karro wants to hire team leaders, senior operatives and multi-skilled engineers to begin work in February as part of its initial recruitment drive. More employees will then be taken on between April and June 2016.

Pascall said: “Our application process is open to anyone that is looking for an exciting new challenge – it’s certainly an exciting time to be part of the Karro team  and we are keen to appoint as many local people as possible.”

For the latest jobs in the food and drink manufacturing sector, visit FoodManJobs​.

Karro Food Group – at a glance

  • One of UK’s leading pork processors
  • Eight facilities and about 3,000 employees in UK and Ireland
  • Annual turnover of close to £500M

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