Kepak announces £5.5m investment creating 100 new jobs

Kepak has announced plans to invest £5.5 million into its Merthyr, Wales site aiming to meet rising demands for its products.

As a result, the plans will secure 100 new jobs across manufacturing, operations, IT, engineering and technical, on top of the 850 employees already based at the Merthyr site.

The development follows Kepak securing access to the US market, resulting in a rise in the site’s livestock requirements and increasing the demand for local farmer suppliers.

The leading food company is looking to enhance the Merthyr sites central prepared meats (CPM) packaging facility whilst also bringing in new technologies to enhance the company’s sustainability credentials, with the site already running on all green energy sources and fully renewable electricity.

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“As a growing food business, Kepak is committed to continually investing in its sites to ensure we are optimising the work we do through innovative methods,” Kepak CEO Simon Walker said.

“The enhancements that will be made to our Merthyr plant will not only help us to achieve greater capacity, but to importantly grow the number of colleagues we employ at the site and support local farmers with a significant uplift in demand for livestock.”

Kepak Merthyr general manager Chris Jones added: “We are delighted to be announcing this significant investment at the Kepak Merthyr site, including the creation of 100 vital jobs supporting the local economy.”

“This investment will bring about enhancements to our facilities, ultimately doubling the site’s CPM packaging facility, significantly increasing our demand for livestock, which is excellent news for local famers.”

“At Kepak Merthyr, we are committed to supporting local communities and being a good employer, and this investment is further evidence of that commitment in action.”

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