New jobs at Scunthorpe Golden Wonder factory to pay up to £55,000 per year

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Apr 2017

PAY rates for 60 new jobs on offer at the Golden Wonder crisp-making factory in Scunthorpe range from £15,000 to £55,000 a year, it has been revealed.

And there could be more jobs in the pipeline at the Colin Road site, which currently employs more than 300-staff.

The owners at the Tayto Group in Northern Ireland have invested £6 million since 2014 on new plant including a third cooker and more investment on automation is planned.

The introduction of more automation is said not to impact on employment.

Operating around the clock five days a week, the factory has the capacity to produce 24 million bags of crisps a week. The investment will increase capacity by a further 50 per cent.

The new jobs were announced at the Scunthorpe factory, where Tayto group operations director Martin McElhinney was joined by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, North Lincolnshire leader Rob Waltham and Frodingham ward councillor Tony Ellerby.

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

"The group is growing at an accelerated rate. We envisage that as we are in the midst of a strategic acquisition programme, more roles will be created across our group-wide operations.

"In around 10 years we have grown the turnover of the business from £19 million to almost £200 million and are planning to build our group portfolio further in the coming months."

The jobs on offer range from production operatives to engineering supervisors.

The family-owned Tayto group rescued the Scunthorpe factory and the workforce from administration in 2006.

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