SAINT-FRANÇOIS-DE-MADAWASKA, NB, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The
management of Sunnymel (a partnership formed by Olymel and Westco)
deplores the acts of vandalism perpetrated in the night of Saturday,
November 12 on the construction site of the poultry slaughtering and
cutting plant at the Village of Clair, New Brunswick which caused
several hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. "We share the incredulity and indignation of the residents at these
gratuitous criminal acts, and we will take all necessary measures to
ensure the security of our site and those working on it. We are
confident that the investigation undertaken by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the aftermath of these events will lead to the arrest of the guilty parties, and we offer the
investigators our full cooperation," noted Westco President and CEO Thomas Soucy.
Mr. Soucy said that these incidents would by no means prevent the work
begun at the plant last August, which is currently ahead of schedule,
from proceeding. This project represents an investment of over $40
million and will create more than 250 jobs in the Madawaska region when
the plant, with a weekly slaughtering capacity of 450,000 birds, is
operational in approximately 12 months.
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 the community.
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 poultry every week. The company markets
its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands.
SOURCE SUNNYMEL (OLYMEL-WESTCO)
For further information:
| Olymel l.p.: |
| Richard Vigneault |
| Groupe Westco Inc. : |
| Martin Daraiche |
Tel.: (418) 648-1233, ext. 230
Cell.: (418) 571-8528