Moy Park boost as it marks four decades
Poultry giant Moy Park is marking four decades in Dungannon as it also completes the first phase of a £20m investment.
The company has set out to improve its production capability so that it can process 1.8m chickens every week - up from 1.3m.
The spend on its Dungannon plant - where 2,000 people are employed - is part of a £170m investment it announced last year across all its sites.
Its investment also brought 628 new jobs across Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena. When the Dungannon spending programme is complete, the site will be able to process 2.3m birds a week.
Alan Gibson, director of Moy Park in the UK and Ireland, said the firm was "delighted" to mark 40 years of production in Dungannon.
"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. "
Dungannon general manager Ronnie Newell has worked at the factory since it opened. 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." Earlier this week, Moy Park announced it was spending £180,000 on new incubators at its Craigavon hatchery.