SAINT-FRANÇOIS-DE-MADAWASKA, NB, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The
management of Sunnymel, a partnership formed by Westco and Olymel, has
announced the appointment of Mr. Claude Chapdelaine to the position of
Manager of its future chicken slaughtering and cutting facility,
currently under construction in the Village of Clair, New Brunswick.
Mr. Chapdelaine has over 20 years experience within Olymel. He served
as manager of the chicken slaughtering and cutting plant at St-Damase
(Montérégie) from 2003 up to this recent appointment, and previously
served in the same capacity at the hog slaughtering and butchering
plant at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce in Quebec. Prior to that he was
employed by Salaisons Brochu. Now 48 years old, Mr. Chapdelaine holds a
Bachelor of Food Science and Technology from Laval University and an
MBA from the same institution. In conjunction with teams already on
site, he will be responsible for supervising construction of the future
Sunnymel plant in the Village of Clair and planning startup of
operations. Mr. Chapdelaine will also be responsible for relations with
local officials and the community.
Preparatory work on the site of the future Sunnymel plant located in the
Village of Clair began in August of this year. The construction phase,
which includes laying foundations, installation of water pipes and
erection of buildings, has already started, ahead of schedule. Work is
expected to extend over a one year period. The plant will have the
latest equipment and technology and is designed to meet the highest
standards of biosafety in the industry. Once in operation, the plant's
weekly slaughtering capacity may reach 450,000 birds, allowing it to
serve the entire Maritimes market from New Brunswick. Completion of
this project will require an investment of over $40 million and is
expected to create more than 250 jobs in Madawaska.
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 some 10,000 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 every week. The company markets its
products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands.
SOURCE OLYMEL L.P.
For further information:
| Olymel l.p.: |
| Richard Vigneault |
| Groupe Westco Inc. : |
| Martin Daraiche |
Tel.: (418) 648-1233, ext. 230
Cell.: (418) 571-8528