Ingham mulls options after factory fire

Posted by Isobel Drake on 13th January 2010

Inghams Enterprises is looking at ways to cope with the loss of the largest chicken processing plant in Victoria after it was destroyed by fire earlier this week.

It is still unknown how the Somerville factory went up in smoke on Monday but it has been traced to a cardboard storage room at the facility.

The board of the company has held a series of meetings to come up with plans to deal with the issue, but unions are concerned about what the future holds for hundreds of workers at the plant. They are hoping to speak with the company in the next day or two to discuss the plans for either a rebuild or relocation of the plant.

According to reports, Ingham has temporarily sought to get chickens from their Adelaide plant in order to satisfy the orders of their Victorian customers.

“We are still working through the implications and are supporting the workers as best we can,” Ingham group services director John Hexton told AAP. “There is an information hotline for them.”