ST. FRANCOIS DE MADAWASKA, NB, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - This week
construction of the future Sunnymel chicken cutting and slaughtering
plant in the Village of Clair, New Brunswick, enters a new phase. After
landscaping and pouring of the foundations were completed, the steel
structures that form the framework of the building emerged this week.
The ironworkers are already busy with these structures, raising the
columns with a crane. This major part of the construction should be
completed within six weeks, for the beginning of spring. Meanwhile, a
team is busy purchasing production equipment, with delivery expected in
early July. As expected, the plant should start operations in November.
Sunnymel is also continuing its collaboration with Enterprise Madawaska
in the manpower recruiting process, which began last December and is
designed to meet the needs of the future plant. Over 150 applications
have been submitted to date. The recruitment campaign will intensify in
April, when a team of recruiters will be on site and additional
information will be made available.
Sunnymel is a business partnership formed by the producer Westco and the
processor Olymel l.p. Construction of the new plant represents an
investment of over $40 million and will create close to 250 permanent
jobs. With a weekly slaughtering capacity of 450,000 chickens, the
future plant will represent a major outlet for poultry producers in New
Brunswick. Completion of this project will strengthen the poultry
industry in the province and contribute significantly to economic
development in the Upper Madawaska region.
Groupe Westco Inc. is a New Brunswick company with its head office in
Saint-François-de-Madawaska. The result of a common vision for
expansion by many poultry producers, the company has become a model of
success and profitability. Westco owns its own hatcheries, breeding
farms, and shipping companies, and is also one of the largest poultry
production organizations in Canada. The company has a strong commitment
to the community, sponsoring several social programs and contributing
to fund-raising initiatives in its region.
About Olymel l.p.
Olymel l.p. is a leader in the slaughtering, processing and distribution
of pork and poultry meat products in Canada, with facilities in Québec,
Ontario, and Alberta. The company employs more than 9,000 persons and
exports nearly half its production, mainly to the United States, Japan
and Australia, as well as some sixty other countries. Its sales stood
at $2 billion this year, with a slaughtering and processing capacity of
160,000 hogs and 1.7 million birds a week. The company markets its
products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands.
SOURCE OLYMEL L.P.
For further information:
(514) 497-1385 or (450) 771-0400
Groupe Westco Inc. :
NATIONAL Public Relations
Tel.: (418) 648-1233, ext. 230
Cell.: (418) 571-8528