AUSTRALIA - Over 800 new jobs will be created in regional South Australia and northern Adelaide as a result of a $275 million investment by leading chicken producer, Ingham's.
Ingham's is expanding its facilities to double its capacity throughout the production chain including breeding, hatching, processing, feed production and product distribution at 15 sites in South Australia.
These include Bolivar, Edinburgh Parks and Dry Creek and at Monarto, Yumali, Murray Bridge and other sites in the Murraylands.
The expansion will create 385 direct jobs with the company, 465 jobs with contractor firms as well as up to 700 jobs in the construction phase.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: "This multi-site expansion by Ingham's is a major investment in South Australia, positioning the State as a strategic national centre for the company and its future expansion.
"Food production is a growing sector of our State's economy and we are supplying the business conditions that make investing here a wise choice."
The company's investment is being supported by a $3.7 million investment from the State Government ($2.8 million from the Regional Development Fund and $900,000 from Investment Attraction South Australia).
Chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and demand continues to grow. Ingham's already supplies over a third of the nation's chicken production, with SA supplying the eastern seaboard and Western Australia.ThePoultrySite News Desk