50 new jobs as Westhoughton pizza firm announces expansion plans

The Bolton News: The Stateside Foods factory in Westhoughton The Stateside Foods factory in Westhoughton

A PIZZA manufacturer has announced big expansion plans which will create 50 jobs.

Stateside Foods, in Westhoughton, will expand into a neighbouring factory which is currently occupied by the Dabs.com National Logistics Centre.

The firm, which employs up to 600 people, has agreed to buy the building next to its factory, in Great Bank Road, on Wingates Industrial Park. The factory will become Stateside’s new distribution centre.

Stateside, part of the Freiberger Group, has enjoyed significant investment and growth since it was launched 20 years ago.

It supplies fresh pizza to major retailers, including Asda, Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s Managing director Jon Lucas said the latest investment was part of a plan to develop the business even further.

He added: “Stateside Foods can continue to progress, ahead of the growth of the chilled pizza market, while creating 50 jobs for the local people.

“This is an exciting development for Stateside Foods, and its future.”

The purchase will take place in May, and it is planned that the distribution centre will be ready for use in September this year.

Dabs.com became one of the UK’s largest online electronics retailers after it was founded by David Atherton and Bruce Smith in 1987.

After the duo went their separate ways, Mr Atherton became the company’s sole owner, before it was bought by BT Group in 2006 for an estimated £30 million, making him one of the UK’s first dot.com millionaires. The company is based at Enterprise Park, in Horwich.

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1:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Iluminati says...

Great news for the lucky 50 people and great news for the region. Hopefully, the pay will be in line with the government wage structure, as many pizza places have a horrendous reputation for paying well under the government hourly rate structure.

Hope I'm wrong in my analysis.
Great news for the lucky 50 people and great news for the region. Hopefully, the pay will be in line with the government wage structure, as many pizza places have a horrendous reputation for paying well under the government hourly rate structure. Hope I'm wrong in my analysis. Iluminati
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Priceshagger says...

Good luck to who ever lands a job. Don't spend all that money at once.

From a few mates who have worked there it's an horrendous place to work. A crap employer just like Greenhalghs.
Good luck to who ever lands a job. Don't spend all that money at once. From a few mates who have worked there it's an horrendous place to work. A crap employer just like Greenhalghs. The Priceshagger
  • Score: 11

3:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

My mate worked there and he earned a crust. He said it was a solid base to work on and it probably couldn't be topped.
My mate worked there and he earned a crust. He said it was a solid base to work on and it probably couldn't be topped. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

stotty1 says...

The native local unemployed should be made to take these jobs, not given to immergrants.
The native local unemployed should be made to take these jobs, not given to immergrants. stotty1
  • Score: 3

4:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

stotty1 wrote:
The native local unemployed should be made to take these jobs, not given to immergrants.
Do you mean immigrants?
[quote][p][bold]stotty1[/bold] wrote: The native local unemployed should be made to take these jobs, not given to immergrants.[/p][/quote]Do you mean immigrants? MarkAllRead
  • Score: -7

8:35am Thu 13 Feb 14

Wolfie190 says...

Thirteen hour shifts working with a load of east Europeans and other assorted immigrants treated like s**t flicking toppings on pizzas on a production line sounds worse than prison rather than something to celebrate.
Thirteen hour shifts working with a load of east Europeans and other assorted immigrants treated like s**t flicking toppings on pizzas on a production line sounds worse than prison rather than something to celebrate. Wolfie190
  • Score: 5

10:33am Thu 13 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

Me Thinks A Big Loan To Expand.
Me Thinks A Big Loan To Expand. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

11:33am Thu 13 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

They should take 14 year old school children around these places, then say.

This is where you will end up if you don't get an education.

Will work wonders.
They should take 14 year old school children around these places, then say. This is where you will end up if you don't get an education. Will work wonders. Jim271
  • Score: 7

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