Perth (15 May 2017): Inghams Group Limited, Australia’s leading poultry producer, announced today that as part of its national network plan it is expanding its Western Australian operations generating an estimated 400 additional permanent jobs in the local economy.
In line with Ingham’s planned business strategy, Ingham’s Chief Commercial Officer Quinton Hildebrand said Ingham’s is expanding its farming, milling and processing volumes over the next three years enabling it to meet local market demand with locally grown Ingham’s quality poultry products.
Existing facilities at Wanneroo will be relocated to allow for the expansion with a new state-of-the-art feedmill to be built at Muchea outside of Perth by 2020. A new hatchery will also be developed at a site yet to be finalised.
More than $70 million is expected to be invested by Ingham’s and contracted partners as part of this expansion creating an estimated 400 permanent jobs through the supply chain.
In addition to the permanent jobs created, Ingham’s estimates more than 1000 indirect jobs will be generated due to the expansion with dozens more jobs created during the construction phase.
Ingham’s has recently contracted new growers and increased the shedding capacity of existing growers in WA to help build capacity in the region.
Mr Hildebrand said: “To support this WA expansion strategy, Ingham’s will commence the sale of our site in Wanneroo where the existing hatchery and feedmill are located. Leaseback arrangements will be part of the sale conditions to cover the construction period for our new facilities.”
He said he was encouraged with the support the company had received from all levels of government and the Wanneroo community on its relocation strategy.
“Ingham’s looks forward to continuing to work closely with stakeholders to support our continued investment in WA and ensure that our operations in Wanneroo have minimum impact on the community for our remaining period there.
“We are pleased to be able to continue to invest in the sustainable growth of our company, and in doing so create jobs and opportunities in WA,” Mr Hildebrand said.
Ingham’s has appointed CBRE as selling agent for the Wanneroo site.
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