350 jobs hope at Telford chicken firm

Nearly 350 jobs will be created if major plans to extend a chicken factory in Telford get the go-ahead, it was revealed today.

Faccenda Group plans to extend its factory in Telford. Image: Google Street View
Faccenda Group plans to extend its factory in Telford. Image: Google Street View

Nearly 350 jobs will be created if major plans to extend a chicken factory in Telford get the go-ahead, it was revealed today.

Faccenda Group already employs 453 workers at its site on Hortonwood Industrial Estate, but that will increase to 800 under the proposals.

Planning officers at Telford & Wrekin Council are recommending the plans be approved and say it will provide a huge boost to Telford’s ‘flagging economy’.

The application is to expand the factory in size with a 145,205 square foot extension at the side of its current building on Hortonwood 60.

Workers at the Telford factory portion and pack chicken for supermarkets and the catering industry. From Telford, chicken portions are currently dispatched to another Faccenda factory in Dudley, before the meat returns to Telford for final packaging.

Bosses have said the purpose of the new extension is to integrate the work carried out in Dudley with its facility in Telford.

The company has said the scheme will make its business ‘more efficient and also more sustainable’.

A decision on the application will be made during Telford & Wrekin Council’s Plans Board meeting on January 18.

In a report to the board, officers said: “The development would also help to provide 347 new jobs in Telford thus providing a welcome boost to the flagging economy.”

Hadley & Leegomery Parish Council has said it has no objections to the scheme and no members of the public have objected to planners.

The company said it also plans to use modern technology to reduce noise at the site.

The report added: “Noise will be minimised by the introduction of electricity points in this area so that refrigeration lorries do not need to have diesel engines left running as they do at the moment.”

Faccenda is privately-owned and has been selling chicken products in the UK for more than 40 years.

It was established by Robin Faccenda in 1962 and currently employs 1,700 people across the UK in hatcheries, farms, feed mills and processing plants and supplies to major supermarket chains.

Comments for: "350 jobs hope at Telford chicken firm"

Shropsman

Given that a vast proportion of workers at this factory are currently bussed in from outside of the Telford area, it would be nice to think many of our local unemployed will be given first dabs at these much needed jobs .......

towbar

Bussed in staff and commuters from the Midlands as the employees,and local agency workers recruited to top up on a hirem-firem basis to ensure that production requirements can be met.

Just like most of Telford's large employers.

Horton Resident

Many West Mids based staff, can't see any benefit to Telford

Faccenda employee..

i have worked for faccenda for a few years and i can confirm that although there a number that are bussed in from wolverhampton etc, there are still a good many that are local, myself included. many of the key/ skilled employees are recruited from local sources. the planned expansion is exciting and will provide jobs for residents of telford. i hope that the ratio of foreign workers (polish etc) is reduced though as english workers are very much the minority. still this is good news for local economy.