GLANBIA Feeds Ltd are planning to expand their operation in Portlaoise by constructing a new grain mill at their site at the Clonminam Industrial Estate.
The company have lodged an application with Laois County Council, to construct a new mill building within the existing milling facility site. A spokesperson has confirmed that the development could give rise to several new jobs locally, welcome news in these straitened times.
The proposed works consist of the construction of a 2904msq multi storey mill building with foul and storm drainage works, an extension to the existing attenuation tank, landscaping, external concrete yard and all associated site works.
The new facility will carry out similar work to the existing feed mill, but it will operate at a much lower capacity as the proposed quality of the finished product will have to be food grade standard. The milling operation will operate 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, although the specific packaging, grain intake and dispatching operations will only take place between 7am and 5pm. The proposed number of employees within the building is four, with a maximum of six. Ten spare parking spaces already existing on the site will be used for the new development.
Architect for the work is Pat Rohan and a decision is due from the council by August 8.