16/02/2011 - 15:11

Western Meat Packers opens new plant

16/02/2011 - 15:11

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Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman says Western Meat Packers' new $7 million headquarters, officially opened in Osborne Park today, signal confidence in the state's beef industry.

Western Meat Packers opens new plant

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman says Western Meat Packers' new $7 million headquarters, officially opened in Osborne Park today, signal confidence in the state's beef industry.

Western Meat Packers refurbished its Osborne Park cold storage plant into a processing facility after its O'Connor processing centre was destroyed by fire in November 2009.

The expanded Osborne Park plant incorporates a freezer complex, boning room and cold stores.

Mr Redman said the opening of the facility was a win for business, jobs, customers, farmers and the broader West Australian economy.

"I commend Western Meat Packers' commitment to the industry," Mr Redman said.

"It would have been so easy to walk away after the fire but instead they were operating, albeit at limited capacity, just three months later and kept 250 jobs in place.

"This investment would boost WA's $500million a year beef sector, create an additional 30 jobs and give access to export markets after the business was awarded a hard-to-obtain US listing.

"Farmers also benefit, with long-term supply contracts offering direction and security in a profitable industry."

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