Meat Processing Plant Closure -- Assets Go Under The Hammer

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Pro Auction will hold an auction sale on 12th April 2007 at the Baltinglass Meat Factory, Co., Wicklow, Ireland. The sale consists of the entire meat operations of this major Irish based manufacturer who closed the plant at Christmas.

On instructions of the Directors at Baltinglass Meats, Baltinglass Co.Wicklow Ireland, Pro Auction have been appointed to sell the assets of the Company by auction sale, following closure of the plant in December 2006.

The assets which include complete production lines for red meat and added value meat products such as burgers, sausages and strip loins. The lines include Cryovac vacuum packing line which includes a VS95 continous packer and ST90 shrink tunnel a Formax Thompson Burger Line which produced the largest volume burger product and considerd the best in Ireland. The purchase cost for this line was in excess of €250K.

Other key pieces of machinery in the sale will include a Multivac B7 MC belt fed vacuum packer,Handtmann VF 200 B with Handtmann AL sausage linker, Vemag Robot 500 Type 128 / 90 continous vacuum filler with PC878 portion controller with Ross Reiser GB200 portioner and hoist.

All of the sundry items in the factory will also be sold including stainless steel tables, butchers chopping tables,refrigeration, compressors, knee operated sinks, metal detectors, case sealers and strappers, check weighers, labelers, tray washers, forklifts and other 400 plus additional lots.

On closure of the plant 50 personnel were made redundant at Baltinglass and a further 12 at the lamb abattoir in Thomastown Co.Kilkenny.

The sale will attract interest in the industry due to the quality of the food processing machinery and used food machinery.

Bord Bia believes the future of the Irish meat industry is strong. It has the benefit of solid foundations and an abundant supply of raw material that ensure a high quality product offering. A young, dedicated and highly motivated workforce staffs the processing sector. There are tried and tested quality assurance systems in place that offer full traceability, this auction sale allows smaller processor to fill the gap left by the closure of the site and acquire the processing machinery at a fraction of the new cost.

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