150 more jobs on the way
By EVAN SCHWARTEN IN LESS than a year Teys Bros Lakes Creek Meatworks has gone from a skeleton staff of 200 to more than 550 employees.
Now the company has announced plans to boost staff by another 150 in the next six months, taking the total number of employees beyond 700.
"Almost one year in and the plant is travelling very well and we're pleased to announce additional jobs will be on offer for locals in the coming months,'' Teys Bros CEO Brad Teys said.
He attributed much of the plant's success to local support and assistance from the State Government.
Mr Teys said most of the jobs, which would be spread across the Lakes Creek Road site, would go to locals.
Business and community leaders yesterday praised the meatworks' ongoing success, saying it had a positive effect on the entire region.
"More wages circulating is always a good thing and the economic position of Rockhampton is only going to be strengthened by these new jobs,'' Rockhampton Regional Development chief executive Margaret Goody said.
Butcher Peter Boodle agreed, saying the ongoing success of the meatworks had a positive effect on his business.
"It has lifted spirits, as the unemployment rate isn't too bad anymore and workers have been given peace of mind with a steady income,'' Mr Boodle said.
"The Rockhampton economy is booming now and a lot more people have more money in their pockets.''
Mark Bunt Menswear owner Mark Bunt said he had noticed an increace in turnover since the abattoir reopened.
"The plant has provided greater stablitity for local workers through jobs,'' he said.