Gundagai Meat Processors and Wiley team up for expansion project
Coles supplier, Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP), has begun a $30 million expansion project with food processing plant designer and manager, Wiley.
It is expected the expansion will lead to a 40 per cent increase in GMP’s annual production capacity and will create 76 new full-time jobs over the next five years.
The expansion will impact almost every area of the existing GMP processing facility including chillers, slaughter floor, loadout, administration and amenities. GMP says there will be no loss in production levels during construction with changes undertaken in stages and outside of work hours.
Chief Executive Officer of GMP, Will Barton, said the project marks an important milestone for the business.
“The investment will create 76 new jobs, boost local spending by an estimated $3 million during the construction phase alone and generate ongoing stimulus to the local economy, estimated to be in excess of $150 million per year,” Barton said.
Managing Director of Wiley, Tom Wiley, said GMP will be implementing technology that will serve the company in the future.
“The facility will have full traceability of the lamb carcass, executed and tracked with RFID tags. Provisions too have been made for future x-ray (DEXA) capacity in the facility which will enable GMP to understand the supply chain even further with yield insights,” Tom Wiley said.
GMP has a 35-year supplier relationship with Coles and currently processes more than 625, 000 lambs annually. It is one of the largest employers in Gundagai and the surrounding region.
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