AUSTRALIAN owned meat processor HW Greenham & Sons will restart the Moe meatworks, about 130km east of Melbourne.
Greenham managing director Peter Greenham junior said the Moe facility complemented the company’s existing operations.
“It’s in an excellent region for producing quality cattle and the plant is set up to process them,” Mr Greenham said.
Established in the 1860s, Greenham has abattoirs in Smithton, Tasmania, and Tongala in northern Victoria. The company is particularly well known for its high-end grassfed Cape Grim beef brand.
Closed since 2015, the Moe meatworks will require about 100 staff. Mr Greenham said the company was aiming to utilise the knowledge of former employees and local workers, where possible.
“We understand the importance of employment opportunities in building and maintaining rural communities so we’re keen to see people get back to work in Gippsland,” he said.
The Gippsland business is also expected to contribute significant weekly economic activity to the region through wages, payments to ancillary suppliers and livestock transactions.
Mr Greenham sad the company would offer its standard 36 hour payment terms on all‘over-the-hooks transactions. The company will also open several live weight buying centres where producers could receive payment on the spot for their cattle.
Production at Moe is expected to start in mid-November.