850 new jobs will be created in regional South Australia and northern Adelaide as a result of a
$275 million investment by leading chicken producer, Ingham’s.
Ingham’s is expanding its facilities to double its capacity throughout the production chain including breeding, hatching, processing, feed production and product distribution at 15 sites in South Australia.
These include Bolivar, Edinburgh Parks and Dry Creek and at Monarto, Yumali, Murray Bridge and other sites in the Murraylands.
The expansion will create 385 direct jobs with the company, 465 jobs with contractor firms as well as up to 700 jobs in the construction phase.
The company’s investment is being supported by a $3.7 million investment from the State Government ($2.8 million from the Regional Development Fund and $900,000 from Investment Attraction South Australia).
Chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and demand continues to grow. Ingham’s already supplies over a third of the nation’s chicken production, with SA supplying the eastern seaboard and Western Australia.
With this project, the company will double its rate of ongoing investment in Australia to more than $300 million in the next few years and the majority of that investment will be in SA.
Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill
This multi-site expansion by Ingham’s is a major investment in South Australia, positioning the State as a strategic national centre for the company and its future expansion.
Food production is a growing sector of our State’s economy and we are supplying the business conditions that make investing here a wise choice.
This expansion will create hundreds of new direct and indirect jobs for South Australians with a focus on two key areas– northern Adelaide and the Murraylands.
Our last State Budget has made South Australia the best place to do business and through Investment Attraction South Australia, we will continue to support businesses like Ingham’s as they grow.
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
We are pleased to be providing $2.8 million from the Regional Development Fund to facilitate Ingham’s continued major investment in its South Australian operations, creating local jobs and economic activity in the Murray and Mallee region.
This funding will support two major Ingham’s projects to establish a new state-of-the-art feed mill at Murray Bridge and construction of four breeding farms at Yumali.
The State Government’s Regional Development Fund drives economic growth and productivity by offering grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs and new opportunities for regional South Australia.
The company’s expansion supports the State Government’s economic priority of ‘Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world’.
Quotes attributable to Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith
This ambitious expansion by Ingham’s has been strongly supported by Investment Attraction South Australia, our agency that identifies and assists investors to establish or expand in our State.
In addition to a grant of $900,000, Investment Attraction South Australia has supported Ingham’s through its project due diligence, approval processes, assisting in negotiations with local government and helping to connect the company with skilled workers.
Quotes attributable to Ingham’s Executive Chairman Mick McMahon
The South Australian Government has created an investor-friendly environment and that’s one of the reasons why our investment is concentrated in this State.
The business environment here and the State Government’s approach to our industry are very constructive.
Its policies on planning, biosecurity, animal health and animal welfare and the regulations surrounding food production are also very supportive for this major expansion and our ongoing production.
We have started discussion on how we can tap into the skilled workforce in northern Adelaide and provide new opportunities to those displaced by the closure of car manufacturing.
We have already employed some people from this industry in leading positions.