Canadian meat company Olymel will invest CAD 8 million ($6.3 million) to expand its processing plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
The investment funds the construction of new facilities and the acquisition of new equipment for chicken boning and cooking, a new activity that will be added to the facility’s existing production operations. This addition will create 40 new jobs.
The facility will be supplied with fresh products by Olymel’s poultry processing plants in St-Damase and Montérégie, both in Quebec, as well as Sunnymel, in New Brunswick.
Olymel said that cooking and boning chickens will allow the company to produce value-added diced chicken, a product destined for clients in the hotel and restaurant sector.
Once completed, the construction work will add nearly 14,000 square feet to the facility, bringing its total surface area to over 37,000 square feet. Operations should begin in April 2018.
Olymel CEO Réjean Nadeau said: “Olymel continues to develop its facilities in the poultry sector. This CAD 8 million ($6.3 million) investment in our St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant will make us more efficient and further diversify our operations.
“This new activity should ultimately have a positive impact on the poultry sector in Quebec and contribute to St-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s economic development by creating new jobs.”
Last week the company revealed a CAD 30 million ($23.5 million) investment in the redevelopment of a poultry processing plant in Ontario, as well as the addition of a new plant that significantly increases the company’s capacity.
In July, it invested CAD 2 million ($1.55 million) to convert a section of its pork processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta.
It followed it up a week later with a CAD 8.1 million ($6.4 million) investment in its La Fernandière sausage plant in Trois-Rivières, Québec.
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