Northern Ireland crisp maker Tayto is investing GBP6m (US$1.7m) in expanding its operations in the country through the creation of news jobs.

The snacks firm is committing the money to additional salaries over the next five years as part of an investment at its Tandragee base in Co Armagh.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered the firm GBP232,000 in support to assist with the expansion. When in place the additional jobs will contribute around GBP1.16m a year in salaries to the local economy, the company said.

“These new positions have been created as part of our long-term strategy to increase the capacity of our facilities here in Northern Ireland to meet increased demand, both nationally and internationally,” said Paul Allen, Tayto’s chief executive. “While we are now very much a national company, our home is very definitely in County Armagh.”

Tayto currently employs 390 staff at Tandragee Castle, and 900 at its other UK sites. The company also has plants in Scunthorpe, Corby, Wolverhampton and Bolton.