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Investment at crisp plant a boost for Corby

Two months since 500 people lost their jobs at the Solway Foods factory in Corby, but today there was some much needed good news for the town.

Sixty new jobs have been created and millions of pounds being invested at the Golden Wonder crisp factory.

The factory will be able to produce 160 bags of crisps a minute - that's two million a week.

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Irish firm took over Golden Wonder in 2006

Crisp boost Credit: PA

Irish firm Tayto Group have announced a multi-million pound investment in the Golden Wonder factory in Corby.

It comes eight years after Golden Wonder entered administration with the loss of 200 jobs.

Golden Wonder's had been a massive employer in Corby since the 1960s - making everything from knickknacks to Pot-Noodle- but sales had plummeted.

Tayto stepped in to take over some of the firm's production and was rebranded the following year.

Since then the firm has been developing new products and reintroducing some former favourites, with Ringo's making a return in 2011.

Investment welcomed by council boss

Investment in the Golden Wonder factory has been welcomed by Tom Beattie, leader of Corby Council, he said:

“It is great to see companies within Corby thriving and choosing to invest further into their future within the Borough, creating more job opportunities for local people.”

– Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Council

Town's MP welcomes factory investment

Andy Sawford MP Credit: PA

Andy Sawford, Labour MP for Corby said:

“It is great news that Tayto are investing in their Corby site and creating 60 new jobs for the town.

"The company knows that both I and the Borough Council are keen to support local businesses to succeed.

"The Solway Taskforce has been working closely with Tayto to ensure that former Solway workers are considered for these new jobs."

Investment boost for crisp factory to create 60 new jobs

Golden Wonder crisps Credit: PA

The owners of the Golden Wonder crisp factory in Corby have announced a multi-million pound investment in the plant.

Tayto Group Ltd said the cash will create 60 new jobs and upgrade machinery for its handfried crisps products it will allow them to produce around 2m bags of hand-fried crisps a week

Paul Allen, CEO of the Tayto Group, said: “We have begun recruiting for 60-65 operators who will work on this line, which is a new technology for the factory.

"We have also recently upgraded other equipment across the Corby site, with 14 new, cutting-edge, packing machines now operational. This new machinery increased the plant’s packing capabilities substantially, from 100 to 160 bags per minute.”

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Future investment for food factory

The owners of the Golden Wonder factory in Corby are due to make an announcement later today about a significant investment in the site. It's expected to involve the creation of jobs at the plant, which is owned by Tayto.

Earlier this year, Solway Foods announced hundreds of jobs would be lost at its Corby food processing factory.

Pensioner left with broken hip after collision with cyclist in Corby

A pensioner has been left with a broken hip after a collision with a cyclist. The incident happened outside Morrisons supermarket in Corby, sometime between 9.40am and 10.20am on Sunday, May 4.

The victim was thrown onto the car park floor. The offender is described as tall, skinny and wearing a cap. Witnesses, or anyone with any information about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Hopes high for Solway staff

The fight to find new jobs for hundreds of workers laid off from a Corby food factory has begun in earnest.

Five hundred people have already been laid off at Solway Foods, another 400 will lose their jobs in the summer.

Hopes are high that most of the workers will find new posititions quickly

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey

Hope for Solway staff

The Federation of Small Businesses says it's confident that most of the 900 workers set to lose their jobs at Solway Foods will find work elsewhere.

A 45 day consultation into the future of Solway Foods in Corby ended yesterday with the company announcing the factory is to close.

Today The Federation of Small Businesses told ITV News Anglia that economic growth in Northamptonshire is among the best in the UK and that many small companies have expressed an interest in taking on more staff.

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