Poultry producer Ingham’s is set to expand its Western Australian (WA) operations as part of its national network plan.

The company and its contracted partners will invest A$70m ($51.9m) as part of the expansion strategy, which is expected to create nearly 400 jobs through the supply chain.

The plans are also set to create 1,000 indirect jobs during the construction phase.

Ingham’s chief commercial officer Quinton Hildebrand said: “To support this WA expansion strategy, Ingham’s will commence the sale of our site in Wanneroo where the existing hatchery and feedmill are located.

“Ingham’s looks forward to continuing to work closely with stakeholders to support our continued investment in WA."

“Leaseback arrangements will be part of the sale conditions to cover the construction period for our new facilities.

“Ingham’s looks forward to continuing to work closely with stakeholders to support our continued investment in WA and ensure that our operations in Wanneroo have minimum impact on the community for our remaining period there.”

The company is planning to further expand its farming, milling and processing volumes over the next three years in order to meet the growing local market for its poultry products.

Ingham’s will also relocate its existing facility in Wanneroo to enable the expansion with a new feedmill to be built at Muchea outside of Perth by 2020.

A hatchery is also planned to be constructed, but the company is yet to finalise the location.