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A promise of more jobs came from dairy giant Yili as it celebrated the opening of its stage two development at its Glenavy production plant on Saturday.
Official celebrations were in Auckland, but Glenavy and surrounding areas should be gearing up for employment opportunities at the Oceania Dairy production plant, a company spokeswoman said.
She said while stage two was not operational, it was due to be ready for production in August.
The company wanted to mark the milestone because its chairman, Gang Pan, was available to visit the country and the factory was important for Yili, she said.
She said said the total number of employees for the site was 120, but she expected that to grow as the three-stage project progressed. However, she could not say exactly how many jobs would be created.
Central Rural Life reported the Glenavy plant was due to start production trials in May.
Stage two included an ultra-high-temperature plant and a canning and blending plant.