Job-seekers bid for 60 new Golden Wonder jobs in Scunthorpe - get your applications in now!

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Apr 2017

A good flow of applications has been reported at the Scunthorpe Golden Wonder factory for new jobs which offer pay of up to £55,000 a year.

The 60-job boost at the Colin Road site has been announced to celebrate 70 years of crisp-making in the town.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, who joined group operations director Martin McElhinney on site, enthused: "It's really good news that Golden Wonder are continuing to invest in their business locally.

"They have a fabulous team working in Scunthorpe and it is great they are recruiting to strengthen the team further."

Watch: Golden Wonder factory visit after 60 new jobs announced in Scunthorpe

The search for new recruits to fill a range of unskilled and skilled roles comes on top of a £6 million investment on new plant by the factory owners at the Tayto Group in County Armagh, in Northern Ireland.

The investment means the 300 employees have the capacity to produce 36 million bags of crisps per week. Further investment is planned on automation to speed up production around the clock from Monday to Friday.

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Since rescuing Golden Wonder from administration in 2006, the Tayto Group has increased its annual turn-over almost ten-fold from £19 million.

So far this year, the family-owned company has bought vending machine operators Freedom Refreshments in a bid to boost sales in England of Golden Wonder crisps.

Tayto has also bought out the London-based firm of Tavern Snacks and acquired the majority share in Devon-based Portleaby Popcorn.

In Scunthorpe Mr McElhinney revealed there were plans to expand the group portfolio further in the coming months.

He said: "We envisage that, as we are in the midst of a strategic acquisition programme, more roles will be created across our group-wide operations.
"The group is growing at an accelerated rate and we are currently recruiting people for 60 vacancies at the Scunthorpe site.

"During the last few years we have upgraded machinery and added new equipment, increasing our production and bagging capabilities."

Crisp-making was started in Scunthorpe in 1947 by the Riley brothers at their father's fish and chip shop on Allanby Street.

In 1960 the brothers moved the business to the present site on Colin Road to keep up with demand.

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