GMP's multi-million dollar expansion creates 76 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau contact

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GMP's investment will help the meat processor install the latest technology
GMP's investment will help the meat processor install the latest technology

Related tags: New south wales, Lamb, Processing equipment & plant design

Australia-based Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP) has started an AU$30 million plant upgrade, generating 76 new full-time jobs.

Family-run business GMP kicked off its “incredibly important​” plant expansion this week, with a view to increasing yearly meat production output by at least 40% over the next five years.

The expansion touches almost all areas of the meat processing facility in New South Wales, Australia​: the lairage, slaughter room, offal station, chill rooms and transportation hub will be subject to a facelift. Ageing infrastructure will be replaced too.

This project marks another incredibly important milestone for our business, our family, our hardworking employees and for the community of Gundagai,​” said GMP CEO Will Barton.

Economic stimulation

The investment will create 76 new jobs, boost local spending by an estimated AU$3m during the construction phase alone and generate ongoing stimulus to the local economy, estimated to be in excess of AU$150m per year.​”

GMP first started as a business 40 years ago, processing around 100 lambs​ per week. Thanks to lucrative contracts, including a 35-year relationship with retailer Coles, GMP now processes over half a million lambs annually. It also claims to be one of the largest employers in the region.

Wiley, a designer and builder of food manufacturing facilities, is helping GMP deliver the refit. Its managing director, Tom Wiley, said GMP’s decision to implement new technology will make it a competitive player in the future.

The facility will have full traceability of the lamb carcase, executed and tracked with RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags. Provisions, too, have been made for future X-ray capacity in the facility, which will enable GMP to understand the supply chain even further with yield insights,​” said Wiley.

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