Taoiseach to open new Glanbia plant

Glanbia's new plant at the Port of Waterford, which will be officially opened this Thursday.

Glanbia's new plant at the Port of Waterford, which will be officially opened this Thursday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be accompanied by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan when he officially opens Glanbia’s new €180 million plant in Belview.

The Port of Waterford development, which has created 70 new full-time jobs at the facility, accepted its first mild during a dry run in mid-December. Construction at the site commenced on May 17th 2013.

“Our nutritional ingredient facility at Belview is now commissioned …the project was completed on time and on budget which is great credit to our team and the external contractors,” said Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Chief Executive Jim Bergin.

“We began to run milk through the plant in December and are now transitioning from a construction to an operational site. We had 700 people working on the construction phase, this has been reduced to 200 now… all 70 full time employees are now working at the facility, 85 per cent of these of these with third level qualifications.”

Mr Bergin added: “This is welcome news for our (circa) 4,800 suppliers – who have strong expansion plans, indeed a significant amount of this expansion has already commenced and we look forward to growing our business, with our suppliers from April 1st.”

The new Belview plant is the first Irish green field investment in Irish dairy since the milk quota was introduced in 1984.

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