Published: 25/02/2012 09:30 - Updated: 25/02/2012 12:09

New Moray factory plan to create 60 jobs

Joint managing director Jim Walker has confirmed that Walkers Shortbread is planning a fourth factory in Aberlour.
Joint managing director Jim Walker has confirmed that Walkers Shortbread is planning a fourth factory in Aberlour.

A WORLD-famous Moray company is planning a major expansion, creating 60 new jobs in a bid to boost output and cope with an ever-increasing demand for its products.

Walkers Shortbread of Aberlour has submitted a planning application with Moray Council to build a fourth factory at its headquarters in the village.

If permission is granted, a new 3,500 square metre factory will be built, capable of producing an array of products.

It is expected that the completed development would create around 30 permanent jobs and another 30 seasonal posts.

The proposal was confirmed exclusively to ‘The Northern Scot’ this week by Walkers Shortbread joint managing director Jim Walker.

He said: "We have submitted planning permission to erect a further factory at our Aberlour site.

"We had a busy time last year and the production facilities were quite stretched. We want to get this right for the next few years, and we want to build more capacity in certain areas."

Mr Walker said the new factory would be constructed to approximately the same scale as the existing three buildings.

It would sit alongside the current factories, which are situated within Walkers’ Fisherton site.

For the full story, see this week's 'Northern Scot'

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