Sunnymel announces the appointment of the Manager of the new plant at Clair, New Brunswick

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.

About Westco
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.


For further information:

Olymel l.p.:  

Richard Vigneault 
(514) 497-1385      
(450) 771-0400 
Groupe Westco Inc. : 

Martin Daraiche
Vice President 
Public Relations
Tel.: (418) 648-1233, ext. 230         
Cell.: (418) 571-8528 


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