Co Tyrone Meat Processor Creates 209 Jobs As Part Of £27m Expansion

Co Tyrone meat processor Dunbia is creating 209 new jobs as part of its latest expansion.

It represents a £27m investment by the firm, which is creating a new meat boning hall and upgrading its production lines.

The new posts will be added over the next three years.

Jim Dobson, managing director of Dunbia Group said: “Innovation has been at the heart of Dunbia’s success and this investment in new production technology will create a centre of excellence for beef deboning.

“It will help us to maintain our position as a leading meat processor in the UK and Ireland and to deliver on our growth strategy over the next three to five years.”

And the workforce expansion comes as the company edged close to a £769m turnover for the year ending March 2014 – up more than £40m on the previous, according to the latest filed annual report.

But pre-tax profits for the company fell during the course of the last financial year – dropping by almost £3m to £4.6m.

The Dungannon-headquartered company, headed by chief executive and co-founder Jim Dobson, said it made “significant one-off costs” of £1.75m to support winning a contract for a major retailer.

The company also snapped up three businesses within a 10-month period.

In the last financial year, staff numbers across the firm increased by around 200 – with some 3,256 people working for the processor.

Dunbia supplies meat, including beef, lamb and pork, to a range of customers throughout the UK and further afield.

Some of its major contracts include supermarket giants Sainbury’s and Asda.