The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney officially opened the expanded J Grennan & Sons’ animal feed compounding mill at Rath Co Offaly recently.
Representing an investment of €6 million, the new facility will allow the business to almost double its annual 100,000 tonnes throughput while, at the same time, allowing Grennan’s to manufacture high quality pelleted feeds for the dairy, beef and sheep sectors.
Speaking at the opening of the new Mill, Minister Coveney congratulated the Grennan family and said: “This is a very significant initiative for the farming and food sector in the Midlands and this investment by Grennans will play an important role in maximising farm output in the livestock sector which will contribute to achieving the targets set out in Food Harvest 2020”.
The new plant will also help secure the existing 70 jobs at Rath and facilitate the creation of higher employment levels during the period ahead. Grennan’s has a fast growing customer base throughout Ireland, supplying a comprehensive range of compound feeds, fertilisers, crop packaging, seeds and agrochemicals, through its wide network of wholesale customers.
The company, which is family owned, has a history stretching back to 1878. Speaking at the official opening managing director John Grennan said:
“This is an historic day for the business. It represents the culmination of many years’ work and will give us a platform to build for the future.”
He added: “We are a customer driven company. And that means putting the needs of farmers first at all times. There is every expectation that Irish Agriculture and food is about to enter a period of sustained growth.
“In order to maximise these opportunities, farm businesses must become efficiency driven. Our recent investment programme has been undertaken to ensure that producers can achieve these objectives.”