A NORTHERN Ireland food company is creating 179 jobs.
Dungannon-based Linden Foods announced the jobs boost on Monday as part of a £5.6m investment.
The company is a market leader within the Northern Ireland fresh meat processing industry, sourcing and processing top quality beef and lamb.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the jobs will generate over £2.5m in yearly salaries.
“This investment is very welcome news for the food industry which is a key contributor to Northern Ireland’s economy,” said Minister Foster.
“The 179 new production and managerial positions, to be created in Dungannon with support from the Jobs Fund, will generate over £2.5m annually in additional salaries. This is a fantastic boost to the local area, the local community and to the wider NI economy.”
Trevor Lockhart, Chairman of Linden Foods, said the investment underlines the company’s commitment to the Dungannon area.
He added: “The support from Invest NI through its Jobs Fund will allow us to create the workforce we need to meet the demand for our range of new and innovative products among export customers and enable us to cement our leading position within the meat processing industry.”