ABP now employ 647 at their plant in Cahir and hope to increase these figures over the coming years as they break into the Chinese and American markets.
The EUR50m investment is reassurance that ABP is committed to the South Tipperary town. Apart from the large numbers working at the plant, it supports many services locally through housing, retail and services. The investment is seen as an International success as the event was attended by the Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny along with Minister Richard Bruton, Minister Alan Kelly and junior minister Tom Hayes. Also on hand were deputy Mattie McGrath and chiefs of Enterprise Ireland as well as council officials and local councillors. In the absence of the Mayor the local representative and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andy Moloney also welcomed the commitment of one of the biggest employers in the area. After the plant tour, Cllr Moloney said that we used to have a meat factory but it has been replaced by the best state of the art food facility in the country.
He hoped that the suppliers of beef to the plant will have a good relationship with the management and get fair prices for their product and that those working at the plant will continue to support services in South Tipperary and that the Cahir/ Clonmel Borough District will be all the better for it. Moloney finished by saying that the efforts in bio diversity and the land bank dedicated to Butterfly's, Bees and wildlife was appreciated and hopes that these efforts add to the bio diversity of the area in general at a time when so much focus is on the environment.