Tulip unveils plans for sausage plant in Wirral

Pork processor Tulip has announced plans to build a new sausage production facility in Bromborough, creating at least 270 new jobs.

Tulip will invest over £12m in a “modern, highly productive and “state of the art” facility at the Wirral site. The company said that there will be significant potential for future growth at the new plant, which could create additional jobs.

It is understood that the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has provided a grant towards the cost of the plant.

Peter Judge, divisional managing director at Tulip, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce our plans to redevelop our Bromborough production facility and I would like to thank Wirral Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency for their continued support.

“Clearly there is an awful lot of work to do before the new facility will be up and running, but we are confident that we will be in a position to begin producing sausages at Bromborough in the first half of 2010.”

The venture has been welcomed by Wirral Council. Cllr Steve Foulkes said: “This is fantastic news for the Wirral. I’m so pleased that Tulip will create 270 new permanent skilled jobs – an investment like this is great news at the best of times, but even more so during such a difficult time for the national economy.”

The news has angered some of Tulip’s former employees, who lost their jobs when the company closed its sliced cooked meat operation at Bromborough earlier this year, however.

Former worker Chris Man told the Liverpool Daily Post: “This news is an absolute disgrace. Tulip made hundreds of people go through hell by making them redundant earlier this year. Some of my former colleagues have split from their partners and have struggled to pay their mortgages and bills.

“We feel this is very sneaky. To make us all redundant and then rehire less than a year later is unacceptable and is an insult. They are messing with real people’s lives.”

Tulip said it ceased its sliced cooked meat operation at Bromborough earlier this year after it was “unable to identify a viable way in which it could make the necessary efficiency savings to remain competitive in a very tough marketplace”.
Production from the site was moved to a number of alternative Tulip locations around the UK.