Agri-food firm marks 40 years with £20m investment

Derek Hazleton, who has been with Moy Park for 40 years and factory general manager, Ronnie Newell
Derek Hazleton, who has been with Moy Park for 40 years and factory general manager, Ronnie Newell
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Agri-food firm Moy Park is celebrating 40 years of operation with the completion of the first phase of a £20 million investment at the facility.

The expansion will mean the Dungannon-based company will significantly enhance its production capabilities to become one of the most advanced processing plants in Europe.

Already the investment programme has seen production increase significantly at Dungannon from 1.3m to 1.8m birds per week; a figure which will increase to 2.3m birds per week upon full completion.

Moy Park UK and Ireland Director Alan Gibson said: “We are delighted to mark 40 years of production at Dungannon with this major investment programme.

“Phase one has been extremely successful, enabling us to grow production significantly over the last year and provide an optimum level of service to our customers.

“This investment brings technology advancements and production efficiencies, and has also created an enhanced working environment for staff – a number of whom have been with Moy Park Dungannon since it opened 40 years ago.

“These enhancements provide the perfect platform for the team to celebrate this important birthday.”

General manager Ronnie Newell, has worked at the factory since it opened in 1975.

He said: “I am very proud to be part of a team which has continually advanced and grown this facility over the past 40 years.

“When Moy Park opened the Dungannon plant, we processed 120,000 birds per week and had around 150 employees.

“Today, we are processing around 1.8m birds per week here and have 2,000 employees.”