French charcuterie and ready meals specialist Fleury Michon has confirmed that construction is underway on a production plant in Cambrai, in northern France.

Attracting investment of EUR40m (US$57.9m), the plant will specialise in the production and packaging of cooked ham products.

It is scheduled to open in April 2012, employing 100 staff and the workforce could rise to 200 in 2013.

The project to build a plant in Cambrai was first mooted in 2006 but was mothballed when business was impacted by the global economic crisis.