Jobs boost for Dungannon

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DUNGANNON based meat processing company Linden Foods have announced today (Monday) that they are creating 179 new jobs.

The company is investing £5m to grown its business in Northern Ireland, supported by Invest NI with funding of £520,000.

A total of 179 new posts, including managerial and production roles, have been created.

The workforce expansion come just two years after Linden Foods opened a new purpose-built facility close to the company’s main processing site at Granville.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “This investment is very welcome news for the food industry, which is a key contributor to Northern Ireland’s economy.”

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the jobs announcement saying: “The 179 new production and managerial positions, to be created in Dungannon with support from the jobs fund, will generate over £2.5m annually in additional salaries.

“This is a fantastic boost to the local area, the local community and to the wider Northern Ireland economy.”

Trevor Lockhart, Chairman of Linden Foods, said: “The support from Invest NI through its jobs fund will allow us to create the workforce we need to meet the demand for our range of new and innovative products among export customers and enable us to cement our leading position within the meat processing industry.”