Toasting the New Year in style as Wigan Business of the Year, salad supplier, Hazeldene, is set to bring around 25 jobs to the area after being given the green light for a £1.7 million factory expansion.
Simon Ball, managing director of Hazeldene, was delighted to announce the news. He said: “We’re really pleased about the expansion as not only will it boost the local economy, it also means we are a step closer to our aim of being the preferred choice of ready to eat fresh salad and speciality products.
“Our plans are to expand the factory so that we can install two new lines, bringing the total number up to 10.”
The news of the extension was announced at a positive time for Hazeldene, as it celebrates five years in its current site in Wigan.
Simon Ball added: “The last five years in the area have been really significant for us; we have strived to embrace the local community and are continuing to make improvements to become an ‘Employer of Choice’. Additionally, since our move to Wigan, we have increased our sales over five years by 176%.”
The expansion is due to be completed by May 2011, to fit in with the start of the summer salad season. Details of employment opportunities will be available on Hazeldene’s website