Following press speculation, 2 Sisters Food Group has announced a multi-million pound expansion plan at its chicken processing plant at Cambulsany, near Glasgow, Scotland, creating up to 180 new jobs.

The company has revealed details of a new 11,000-square-foot extension to the plant, which will house two modern high-volume ovens, spiral chillers and freezers. There will also be a general refurbishment of the current site.

The Cambuslang factory handles added-value poultry lines for 2 Sisters, namely roasted and coated chicken products, such as breaded and seasoned chicken. The new extension will accommodate up to 50 percent additional capacity at the site, allowing it to grow in response to customer demand.

The company notes that the key to expansion was agreement with all employees at the plant to change shift patterns and move to a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour operation. The new shift pattern will start from mid-February.

Olivier Goudineau, managing director of 2 Sisters Added Value poultry, said: "We're delighted to have come to an agreement with the unions and extended working hours at the factory. This has unlocked the expansion plan and in turn means we can take on an additional 180 additional colleagues."

The expansion decision comes after the announcement by 2 Sisters of the restructuring of some of its operations in Scotland and the sale of one of its processing plants.