Gorey's Walsh Mushrooms expands its UK packhouse in a £2.25m investment
GOREY company Walsh Mushrooms has opened a 1,500 sq.m. extension to its packhouse in Worcestershire, UK. The development at the company's packing and distribution site at Vale Park, Evesham, was officially opened recently.
The event was attended by nearly 100 guests, including customers and suppliers. The Chairman of Wychavon Council, Councillor Val Wood, opened the new hall. The following day local MP, Nigel Huddleston, also enjoyed a tour of the site.
The £2.25m investment sees an additional 1,500 sq.m. to increase the facility by a third. This will allow the company, which employees 120 staff at the site, to increase its mushrooms sales from the current 500 tonnes per week.
Part of the investment on the new project included £160,000 on solar panels which will provide 60 per cent of its electricity requirement. This is in addition to £225.000 spent on solar panels on the existing building earlier this year. In his speech, managing director Padraic O'Leary said that 'the investment is vital for the long term future, in order to grow the business that has been in Evesham for over 30 years.' He said that the solar power 'reflects the company's ethos in supporting sustainable food production and the environment.'