Kelloholm jobs boost
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.”