Irish pork processor acquires plant in heart of Ireland
The strength of the Irish pig processing giant Rosderra has just been strengthened due to the purchase of the unused pig processing factory in the town of Roscrea, in Tipperary county. The plant was previously known as the Parkmore factory which was owned by pork processor Galtee. Rosderra acquired the plant in the last weeks of 2011.
Over 230 people used to be employed in the building, measuring 4,188 m2 (45,080 sq ft), which had been closed for two years after production had ceased on the site.
It is not yet known when the facility will re-open for business, or how many jobs will be created, but an announcement is expected sometime early in the new year - welcome news for the town, which has seen a steady rise in the numbers unemployed since 2008.
The extensive factory is currently undergoing an extensive revamp and will be fitted out with new specialist equipment.
According to the Tullamore Tribune, the facility will be primarily focused upon the production of pork ribs and cooked pork products for export, as opposed to the range of bacon, sausage, meat-puddings, joints and sliced cooked meats formerly produced at the plant.
Formed in March 2008 following a management buy-out of Glanbia Meats, Rosderra Meats brought together a number of long-established Irish pig processing companies to form a new entity whose headquarters are based in Edenderry.
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Rosderra Irish Meats pig slaughtering and processing facility at Carrig in Roscrea has the capacity to slaughter up to 360 pigs per hour, where processing involves the cutting and boning of products.
The company's products are sold in Ireland in fresh and frozen form and are also exported to EU countries, the United States and Japan.
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