About 60 jobs are to be created in Corby after the owners of the town’s Golden Wonder factory announced a multi-million pound investment in the plant.
Tayto Group Limited says it means the total number of people employed at the factory will be more than 550.
MP Andy Sawford, who is visiting the factory for a tour of the new equipment today (Monday, May 19), welcomed the investment, which will pay for a dedicated hand-fried line.
The group’s CEO Paul Allen said: “Tayto is investing heavily in upgrading machinery and increasing efficiency across our sites.
“We were delighted to welcome the MP and local councillors along to hear our news and to view the new hand-fried line, which will produce around two million bags of hand-fried crisps per week.
“It will also allow us to expand into vegetable crisps and we hope to make some exciting announcements on this in due course.
“We have begun recruiting for 60 to 65 operators who will work on this line, which is a new technology for the factory.
“We have also recently upgraded other equipment across the Corby site, with 14 new, cutting-edge, packing machines now operational.
“This new machinery increased the plant’s packing capabilities substantially, from 100 to 160 bags per minute.”
Mr Sawford said: “It is great news that Tayto are investing in their Corby site and creating 60 new jobs for the town.
“Corby is the manufacturing capital of the UK and Tayto’s decision to expand its operations and begin production of a new line of crisp shows confidence in the skills and motivation of local workers. The company knows that both I and the borough council are keen to support local businesses to succeed.
“The Solway Taskforce has been working closely with Tayto to ensure that former Solway workers are considered for these new jobs and I am pleased that Tayto will be attending the jobs fair on June 27.”
Tom Beattie, leader of Corby Council, added: “It is great to see companies within Corby thriving and choosing to invest further into their future within the Borough, creating more job opportunities for local people.”
Tayto Group Ltd is the biggest British-owned crisp and snack manufacturer, producing five million bags a day across its five sites. The company remains family-owned and has a portfolio including Golden Wonder, Real Crisps and Mr Porky.