Moy Park has installed new processing and cutting lines, and new chilling technology since announcing the planned recruitment drive and investment in November 2015. Production and processes were streamlined at the Derbyshire facility since the investment was first made, Moy Park said.
Moy Park’s Ashbourne factory general manager Colin Grubb said: “Reaching the milestone of processing 1M chickens a week at Ashbourne is a great achievement for the entire team, who not only drive forward industry-leading operational practices, but also help us to deliver exemplary service.
“This investment has not only focused on building operational capacity, but has also included investment in staff development, with over 100 staff taking part in skills training. This latest investment by Moy Park supports the company's continued development.”
The total workforce increased by 6% to 1,150 people since the investment was announced.
Moy Park revealed it planned to invest in the Ashbourne processing facility and hatchery in November 2015.
The Ashbourne investment was part of a national investment plan, which included £4M in its Craigavon, Northern Ireland site last year. The facility received upgraded equipment for processing its ready-to-eat cooked chicken lines.
In February 2016, Moy Park announced the investment of £8M in a multi-year skills programme to support its growth across Europe, covering a range of training and learning initiatives. The plan featured projects dedicated to leadership and management development, technical competences and functional skills across the workforce.
Moy Park’s Ashbourne investment – at a glance
- £4M invested in processing facility
- 70 new jobs created
- Investment announced in November 2015