[04 June/The Country]

Alliance Group has announced a further $1.4 million investment in their Dannevirke plant as well as the creation of an additional 35 jobs which has been seen as a big boost to the town. This news comes after 30 RCR Energy employees in Dannevirke were told in March that they were to be made redundant, following the loss of 18 jobs at Christmas. The 100 per cent farmer-owned co-operative is reconfiguring processing operations and investing in additional technology at the plant in southern Hawke’s Bay, bringing total investment at Dannevirke to $12 million in the past year. The improvements to the plant’s lamb and sheep processing capabilities will increase the plant’s capacity by 20 per cent.