A $10 million expansion at Cerebos Gregg's Dunedin plant will
add 17 new jobs to the city.
The company yesterday confirmed the number of jobs, which
would be advertised soon.
The good news comes in what has been a difficult year in the
South, with a Southern Cross Forest Products restructure
costing 79 jobs at Balclutha, Milton and Mosgiel, and about
70 job losses at Oceana Gold's Macraes mine near Palmerston.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the new jobs were ''a great
The confirmation came as work continues to demolish a Forth
St building that Cerebos Gregg's New Zealand country manager,
Andre Gargiulo, said was once part of the original Gregg's
factory. The building being demolished had been ''unused for
many years now''.
''They have been empty for a while and in a state of
disrepair and needed to be removed.''
The company announced in March it would pump $10 million into
expanding its Dunedin-based coffee factory.
That was part of a plan to consolidate its coffee and food
production to Dunedin and Sydney - a decision expected to
result in the loss of up to 125 jobs from its Auckland plant
when it shuts on December 19.
At present, the Dunedin facility produced only instant
coffee, but by December it was expected roast and ground
coffee would also be manufactured at the site.
That meant it would become the centre of the company's coffee
production in New Zealand.
The Forth St building being demolished would be replaced by
an extension of a warehouse, a new amenities block for staff,
and some car parking spaces.
''Essentially, the new warehouse will be built over the old
buildings, so it's really all about gaining extra storage
The construction of the new warehouse was due to be completed
by the end of the year. About 40 people worked at the plant,
Mr Gargiulo said.