WISBECH: Jobs at Moy Park at risk as restructure plans are announced

Moy Park today (Thursday) announced plans that could see jobs axed at its Wisbech factory but are remaining tight-lipped over how many of its 350 employees could be affected.

In a statement this afternoon from the firm, Moy Park CEO Nigel Dunlop said affected employees would be offered a guaranteed option of “full redeployment to other manufacturing sites within the group”.

The blow came as Moy Park announced it was consolidating its Grantham and Wisbech operations and investing £20 million in its Grantham site. Wisbech will be repositioned as a Cooked Meat Facility.

Mr Dunlop said: “This proposed new development will transform our Grantham site into one of the most efficient state of the art operations of its kind in the UK and Europe.

“It will allow us to continue to successfully grow in line with market opportunities and develop our Convenience Foods division. In order to further enhance our innovation and customer service, strengthen our competitive position and build upon our success in this sector, we plan to consolidate our Grantham and Wisbech Convenience Foods operations to deliver a more streamlined structure for the business.

“We are commencing consultation with all the affected staff regarding these proposed changes.

“As part of this major investment it is proposed that Wisbech will be repositioned as a Cooked Sliced Meat facility. Full consultations on this change will start immediately with all employees and if the proposal is confirmed the affected employees will be offered a guaranteed option of full redeployment to other manufacturing sites within the group.”

Moy Park‘s Executive Director for Convenience Foods and New Business Tony O’Neill said: “In the current economic climate this proposal is good news for Grantham. The new development could create 150 jobs at the factory and help secure the future of over 700 current jobs on the site. This investment will help us increase capacity and develop new and innovative products under both our own brand and for our customers in the UK retail and foodservice sectors. It is proposed that the initial stages of the new development at the Grantham site would be operational for the summer season.”

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