MORE JOBS FOR CASTLEBLAYNEY

2 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A LINK-UP between a local community group and a hugely successful family business may pave the way to secure more much needed local jobs in Castleblayney, it emerged this week.

There was good news for the mid-Monaghan town yesterday with the exciting announcement that Castleblayney Community Enterprise—the highly committed local community group—has agreed terms on their food plant building at Drumillard Little, with the progressive McCaughey Foods Company, which is based at Broomfield.

The unique partnership, which involves the coming together of the business and community sector to sustain and create local employment, represents a self-help approach to community development which resulted from the withdrawal of the multi-national Cargill Integra Company from the town in May 2012. Cargill Integra took up tenancy in the building in 2002 and was mainly engaged in poultry processing during their ten-year tenure in the building. The business operated two shifts and as many as 130 people were employed during peak times.

The food plant, which is owned by Castleblayney Community Enterprise, was built in 1998 with the primary aim of providing employment in the local community. It was at that time a major undertaking by the voluntary board of the community group which obtained over £1.1 million from various local national and international funding agencies. In addition, the group had to secure significant own borrowings, by way of match-funding.

The unexpected departure of Cargill Integra from the plant, and their exit from Ireland, was a severe blow to the …

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