From a news release
Olymel has announced an investment of more than $25 million to expand its hog slaughterhouse and butchering facility at St-Esprit in the Lanaudière region.
Once completed, this expansion project is expected to create up to 200 new jobs, which will be added to the current staff of 810 employees working at the facility.
The project includes the construction of a refrigeration room and reorganization of production tables in order to increase the production volume of value added products. These improvements will also increase the facility’s slaughtering capacity from 30,000 to 40,000 hogs per week.
“This development project at our St-Esprit facility represents a major investment in the hog slaughtering and butchering sectors, and will benefit the entire pork industry in Quebec,” said Olymel President and CEO Réjean Nadeau. “Once completed, it will increase our production capabilities significantly and enhance our product offering, in addition to creating new jobs. It will also enable us to better meet the demands of our customers across Canada, as well as worldwide.”
The plant produces various cuts of pork, seasoned pork products and vacuum-packed products. Once the expansion completed, the plant will also be equipped to produce chilled pork (refrigerated fresh pork). The facility serves the domestic market, but its products are also exported to many countries, in particular, China.