North East Wales

20 new jobs as Real Petfood moves to ex-Hotpoint site

The Hotpoint factory once employed 1,000 people Image copyright Google
Image caption The Hotpoint factory once employed 1,000 people

A pet food manufacturer will relocate from Flintshire to the former Hotpoint factory in Denbighshire, creating 20 new jobs.

The site in Bodelwyddan had been empty for eight years when the Welsh Government bought it for £1.5m in 2014 to bring it back into employment use.

The Real Petfood Company said its 30 existing staff would move to the site and said production could rise by 600%.

It claims the workforce could grow to 100 after five years.

The Hotpoint factory was built in the early 1980s, and once employed 1,000 people, before closing in 2009 with the loss of 300 jobs.

Despite briefly being occupied by Mainetti after a fire at its Flintshire factory, the Kinmel Park buildings have since remained empty.

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