Thomas Foods to create 2000 jobs at new plant in South Australia

Thomas Foods International will build a new state-of-the-art meat processing facility at Murray Bridge,
to replace its original plant which was destroyed by fire in January 2018.

Thomas Foods International CEO Darren Thomas said in a statement that the new abattoir will create around 2000 jobs once it opens. An estimated 400 workers will be required in the initial stages of production.

The multi-million dollar facility will be built on a greenfield site, 10km outside of the town centre, 8km from the existing plant site and close to the company’s existing wastewater treatment ponds.

“Today we re-affirm the commitment we made on Day One. We plan to build the best, most advanced multi species processing facility in Australia, if not the world. And we will build it at Murray Bridge in South Australia,” said Thomas.

“We want our facility to be world class in adapting the latest advancements in technology, efficiency, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and workplace safety. This is the single largest investment by our company in its 30-year history and on a scale not seen in our industry for many years. It’s also our long-term commitment to our community, staff, customers and livestock suppliers throughout South Australia and Australia.”

Thomas and COO David McKay spearheaded a project team with internal and external designers, engineers and planners to drive the huge development for the food company.

“Today is a very exciting milestone for Thomas Foods International and our local community of Murray Bridge. We’ve secured the land for our site and have worked closely with a team of internationally-renowned process engineers to come up with a world-class environmentally sustainable design,” Thomas added.

“From the fire has come a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to build a brand new flagship facility that will service our global operations for many decades to come. This will be a technically advanced facility to deliver the highest standards in beef and lamb processing.”

The beef processing facilities will be completed first while the final stages will provide considerable expansion and greater footprint to that of the previous site in Murray Bridge.

The company is working closely with State Government agencies and “expects initial production at the site could commence as early as November 2020”.

“From Day One, we committed to rebuilding our Murray Bridge operations. The fire was a major disruption to the business and the lives of many of our people, not just in Murray Bridge but right across our operations. But we’re a positive and resilient family company. Rather than lament what was lost, we’ve chosen to focus on emerging bigger, better and stronger. We’ve chosen to focus on the exciting future for our company and the community of Murray Bridge,” said Thomas.

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