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Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Jim Bergin, CEO, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, and Liam Herlihy, chairperson, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Dublin, April 30, 2013.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland on Tuesday
announced a new dairy plant which will result in about 600 direct jobs
from 2015 at a new dairy facility in Belview, on the Kilkenny/ Waterford border.
The official government announcement refers to
1,600 direct and indirect jobs to boost the impact of the announcement but
adding indirect jobs is a guess and misleading.
There is an estimated 400 jobs that will be
involved in the building of the facility that will require a €150m investment.
Glanbia says GIIL is Ireland’s leading dairy
ingredients company - - processing 1.6bn litres of milk or 30% of Ireland’s milk
pool into a range of dairy ingredients for export to more than 50 countries. All
produce from the new facility will be destined for export markets. Construction
is set to commence on 17 May and the new facility is expected to begin
production in Spring 2015.
The group says that as the dairy industry
purchases 90% of its inputs from the domestic economy, there will be a maximum
impact on the income of farm families - - boosting the rural economy and the
local industries that will service on-farm expansion.
Glanbia said the facility will be capable of processing more than 700m
litres of milk and will produce 100,000 tonnes of dairy powders a year.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland is a joint venture
between food company Glanbia and the Glanbia Co-Operative Society and it currently employs almost 500 employees and has market bases in
Ireland, Germany, US, Dubai and Senegal.
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