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Meat processing company Hellers is to double the size of its Canterbury plant as part of a $18 million upgrade, with the company showing more confidence in the meat market.
The company’s existing site in Kaiapoi on the outskirts of Christchurch will be doubled as all aspects of the company’s operations in the area are brought under one roof.
The Christchurch expansion follows the $2 million redevelopment of Hellers’ Auckland factory last year, which saw the doubling the size of the warehouse and loading area there.
Director Todd Heller said the latest expansion demonstrated the company’s confidence in the market and added that the predicted cost of $18 million would help stimulate the construction industry in Christchurch.
Hellers managing director Nick Harris said the development would give Hellers significant spare capacity, while also bringing all of the company’s Canterbury staff together.
“The expansion includes a new warehouse and distribution centre, freezers, inwards goods store, offices, ready-to-eat slicing and packing area, as well as new staff amenities including a shared lunch room for all staff,” he said.
The project is expected to take around 12 months and be completed by April next year, although the company is planning to finish part of the facility by October in order to meet the Christmas trade.