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Two poultry plants in the West Midlands to close but a new site will open

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) Photo: ITV Central

A poultry firm in the West Midlands Two Sisters says it's planning to close two of its sites in the West Midlands, affecting 450 workers. 400 new jobs will be created at a more modern plant in the region.

The Two Sisters company wants to close its operations in Smethwick and Wolverhampton which have become outdated. It says there'll be 400 new jobs at its newer plant in West Bromwich.

The firm was criticised after secret filming by ITV showed chickens which had fallen on the floor being used in its products.

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) said it is consulting on closure proposals at three "loss-making" sites.

The sites facing closure are Smethwick and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands where 350 and 100 posts are at risk respectively and Cambuslang in Scotland, with 450 jobs at risk.

However, the company said that it will be creating up to 1,000 new jobs within the poultry supply chain.

A 2SFG spokesman said:

As we continue to build a better business, we are simplifying how we work and investing in the areas that can make the most positive difference to our UK poultry operations.

This means that we will be creating up to 1,000 new roles within the poultry supply chain. However, we do have areas of significant challenge and regrettably 900 roles will be at risk at three loss-making sites which we propose to close.

Our focus now will be to support all affected colleagues and explore all alternative options available to us before making any final decisions.

– 2SG Spokesman

In October 2017 a Parliamentary inquiry was launched after an undercover ITV investigation found a series of potential breaches of food safety rules at the 2 Sisters factory in the West Midlands.

The union Unite says it hopes most of the 450 people affected by the proposed site closures will be transferred to the West Bromwich plant.

At the moment we're looking at trying to engage with the company to maintain the existing sites. If that fails then we have got an opportunity with the redeployment of 400 workers into the Wes Bromwich site.

– Joe Clarke, Unite