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John S. Forrester
February 5, 2021
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Canadian pork and poultry products supplier Olymel is committing CAD$9 million (about $7 million) to expand production capacity at its Ange-Gardien pork processing facility in Montérégie-Est, QC, the company announced in a release Friday. The funds will be used to add a second shift at the site.
Olymel took possession of the Quebec plant in January 2020 as part of its acquisition of Canadian pork firm F. Ménard.
“With this investment, our company will have the opportunity to devote a greater part of its activities to value-added products and will be able to consolidate its position in its domestic and international markets,” said Réjean Nadeau, president of Olymel, in a statement. “With this completion of this project, Olymel remains a major player in the agri-food processing industry in Quebec and Canada and is helping create stable jobs that are revitalizing our regions, in this case, Montérégie.”
Renovation work is currently underway at the site. Olymel plans to add additional freezing capacity and enlarge the facility’s cafeteria and worker parking areas. The new second shift will enable the company to increase its weekly slaughter capacity from 25,000 to 35,000 during the first phase of the effort. If market needs or deliveries increase, the site can ramp up to a slaughtering capacity of 50,000 hogs/wk.
The company started work on a CAD$31.5M (about $23.4 million) expansion project at its poultry slaughtering and cutting plant in St-Damase, Montérégie, QC in September 2020, Powder & Bulk Solids reported.
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