UPDATE: Glanbia, the Ireland-based global nutritional solutions and cheese group, says the appointment of Athy man Vincent Gorman as a non-executive director, which was announced on 14 June, became effective this morning.

Gorman is a full-time farmer who farms at Ballindrum, Athy, Co Kildare. He has significant expertise of the dairy and agricultural industry.

Speaking to AgriLand.ie O’Gorman said: “I am looking forward to the challenge and I am looking forward to representing farmers in the Barrowyale region. There is definietly real excitement for the post-quota era. We have had a early winter and an tough spring, with CAP secured productive farmers are looking forward to 2015 and  a new era of expansion.”

A major investment by Glanbia in Belview on the Kilkenny-Waterford border is currently under way and aims to create 1,600 direct and indirect jobs. Enterprise Ireland will part-fund the development. All produce from the new facility will be destined for export markets.

The 20 hectare development will process 700 million gallons of milk annually, require more than €150m in capital investment and should be open for business in 2015. Construction work has already start last month.It has been reported that this dairy investment is the largest single dairy investment in the history of the State, where Glanbia Ingredients Ireland aims to contribute an estimated €400m every year to the economy, with particular benefit to farm families and rural communities.This article was edited at 15.37pm with an interview with Vincent O’Gorman. 
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