Kel­loholm jobs boost

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE -

Fifty new jobs are set to be cre­ated in Up­per Niths­dale.

Kel­loholm com­pany Brown Broth­ers (Man­u­fac­tur­ing) Lim­ited is ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tion with the help of an £803,000 grant from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

The move will see it cre­ate 50 new jobs and safe­guard the 567 full-time work­ers al­ready em­ployed there.

The busi­ness is one of 15 across Scot­land to ben­e­fit from more than £4.6 mil­lion of fund­ing an­nounced by Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing today.

He said: “Our food and drink in­dus­try is worl­drenowned for the qual­ity of our won­der­ful nat­u­ral larder and is a key con­trib­u­tor to Scot­land’s econ­omy.

“This in­vest­ment of more than £4.6 mil­lion will ben­e­fit farm­ers, meat pack­ers and bak­ers across Scot­land and fur­ther demon­strates my con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to supporting and grow­ing that con­tri­bu­tion.”

The news comes just a month af­ter 38 peo­ple were made re­dun­dant with the clo­sure of San­quhar fac­tory EME Fur­ni­ture.

De­lighted Up­per Niths­dale coun­cil­lor Jim Demp­ster said: “Brown Broth­ers has been a tremen­dous suc­cess in an area that’s suf­fered from a ma­jor lack of in­vest­ment in re­cent years. Fifty new jobs com­ing at a time when we just lost EME is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing.”

The firm’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Alan Hill, said: “Work­ing in part­ner­ship with lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment will en­able an al­ready suc­cess­ful busi­ness like Brown Broth­ers to grow quicker and cre­ate fur­ther eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment within Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

“We will con­struct a new en­ergy ef­fi­cient ex­ten­sion to our meat pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and in­stall state of the art pro­duc­tion equip­ment.”

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