May 16, 2017
Ingham's expansion to provide 400 new jobs in Western Australia
Chicken producer Ingham's is growing its farming, milling and processing operations in Western Australia, which is expected to create 400 new permanent jobs in addition to about 1000 indirect jobs, The West Australia reports.
A new feed mill will be built at Muchea over three years. There are also plans to set up a hatchery.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan welcomed the announcement, saying increasing exports was important but there were also opportunities in expanding the agriculture sector to meet rising local demand.
"We can ensure the best quality products end up on Western Australian plates and, at the same time, reduce our reliance on imports from the eastern states," she said.
Existing facilities at Wanneroo will be relocated to accommodate the expansion, which is due to be completed by 2020.
According to Ingham's chief commercial officer Quinton Hildebrand, the expansion will cost more than $70 million.
"We are pleased to be able to continue to invest in the sustainable growth of our company, and in doing so create jobs and opportunities in Western Australia," he said. "Ingham's looks forward to continuing to work closely with stakeholders to support our continued investment in WA and ensure that our operations in Wanneroo have minimum impact on the community for our remaining period there."
Ingham's has appointed CBRE as the selling agent for its Wanneroo site.
- The West Australian