Olymel, the pork processing and export company, is planning to add a $9-million expansion to one of its Quebec processing facilities, formerly the  F. Ménard plant, in advance of adding a second shift and 250 jobs.

The added shift is set to begin in September 2021. Renovations include adding freezing capacity, expanding worker facilities, and adding more parking for employees.

The update will allow the plant to gradually increase its weekly slaughter capacity from 25,000 to 35,000 in the first phase. Depending on the availability in deliveries and the market needs, this plant should be able to reach a slaughter capacity of 50,000 hogs per week. The plant will continue to be supplied by the privately owned farms acquired from F. Ménard, those of its associated breeders, and those in the central Quebec hog-producing region, the company says.

The company employs over 15,000 people and has production and processing facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick. The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur, Flamingo, Pinty’s, Tour Eiffel  and F. Ménard brands.

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