MORE than 40 jobs have been created following a refit of one of Scotland’s largest food ingredient manufacturers.
Macphie’s Tannochside facility has restarted full-scale production for the first time since it consolidated all operations to its Glenbervie HQ near Stonehaven in mid-2020, a move made in response to the forced closure of many of its customers’ businesses during the pandemic.
In the intervening period, the North Lanarkshire facility has been stripped back to the bricks before a £4 million refit and layout change that will enable it to add new lines over the coming months as part of growth plans.
Andy Stapley, chief executive with Macphie, explained, “This is our biggest ever investment programme at Tannochside since we acquired the site in 2000 and is a show of our long-term commitment to the region. The facility is at the very cutting edge and is allowing us to deliver quality that shines through.”
The 25,000 sq ft site will predominantly see the production of frozen ice cream inclusions to supply ice cream brands.
Investment in equipment, including manufacturing lines and packaging machinery, has been tipped to enable it to compete for and deliver further contracts in the ice cream and frozen dessert market.
The refit was overseen by Atom (TPM) Ltd and delivered by Marshall Construction.
Andy added, “This investment has enabled us to create and fill 40 new jobs in a part of the country that has experienced a number of permanent factory closure. This is only the start of it too. We anticipate production to grow rapidly over the next 12 months and that will see us continuing to create new jobs in a broad range of positions.”