Great News For Nenagh With Planning Granted For Arrabawn Co-op expansion
Posted by Alan Kelly on November 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM
Tipperary County Council has granted permission for works at Arrabawn Co-op that will facilitate a three year, €30million investment programme at its Nenagh headquarters.
The programme will transform the site into a world-class manufacturing facility and is the largest round of investment every undertaken by Arrabawn.
It will double capacity at the plant, delivering up to 20 new jobs in the process as Arrabawn increases its employment levels at the plant to 100, up from 60 eight years ago.
A key element of the programme will be the relocation of the entrance to the Martyr’s Road round-about side of the plant from its current Stafford Street access. The state-of-the-art new access will be facilitated by the demolition of two disused buildings acquired by Arrabawn, the Railway Bar on Kenyon Street and the old Sutton’s Yard site on Stafford Street.
The new, streamlined access will remove the vast majority of co-op bound heavy and light goods vehicles from Stafford and Kenyon Street junction, relieving much of the traffic congestion in this area. Furthermore, the plans will also see the development of a new footpath on Stafford Street to run along by the Arrabawn site.
On the production side, the investment will also include a casein plant extension that will increase processing capacity by 50%, as well as the completion of the upgrade works to the new effluent plant that commenced last year.
The programme is a continuation of the €22m eight-year programme of investment that has seen Arrabawn transformed into a modern, international standard dairy processing operation. It also in keeping with the company’s status as a major employment creator and investor in Nenagh, following on from its €1.5million development of its purpose built, flagship retail store at Tyone.
One of the main reasons we got to today’s announcement was the arrival of natural gas in the town. Something I worked on to deliver for a number of years. This was a critical moment for Arrabawn and saved them considerable sums that they could invest in their Co-op.
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