Yesterday, the company Uvesa, founded in Tudela 45 years ago, opened its new poultry-processing plant in the industrial estate of Montes de Cierzo. This facility, in which it has invested 25 million euros, replaced the old abattoir on the municipal industrial estate and has also created 80 new jobs, passing from the 150 jobs of the former plant to the 230 jobs of the new plant. It has a production capacity of 400,000 chickens a week, and was put into operation about one year ago.
The company occupies a surface area of 11,800 square metres of buildings, on a plot of 70,000 and its activity, focused on processing whole chickens and chicken pieces, generates traffic of 40 vehicles per day. The facilities have a conditioned warehouse for receiving the poultry, a new pre-slaughtering and slaughtering system that is "unique in Spain and a pioneer system in Europe", a low-temperature scalding and plucking zone, an evisceration zone, a rapid carcass refrigeration tunnel and an automatic quartering, classifying and packaging room. It also has storage chambers, cold rooms and a water treatment plant.
The opening ceremony was attended by 200 persons, including the President of the Regional Authorities, Miguel Sanz, the President of the Regional Parliament, Elena Torres, the Councillors José Mª Roig, Alberto Catalán and Begoña Sanzberro, the Mayor of Tudela, Luis Casado and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uvesa, Antonio Sánchez Sánchez.
The Company Chairman emphasised the commitment of Uvesa with Navarre, mentioning that the company was founded 45 years ago in Tudela "by a group of professionals, mostly vets, who had started to question the lack of feasibility of livestock-breeding methods at that time, with low productivity levels that made it impossible to compete with European companies from the sector".
He also stressed that the Uvesa products "have great prestige, which, without doubt, contributes the quality standards of its local origin (Navarre)", going on to say that it was necessary to work with enthusiasm "in these difficult times, and try to change things while also holding on to those that were worthwhile".
In turn the Mayor of Tudela, Luis Casado, affirmed that the new Uvesa facilities were "amazing" and stressed the importance of this company in the city. "We are truly happy to know that the number of jobs has risen from 150 to 230, with 80 families no longer having to worry about earning a wage, which is something that is extremely difficult to achieve in these difficult times".