Olymel invests 3 million dollars in its Vallée-Jonction plant in the Beauce and creates 160 new jobs

ST-HYACINTHE, QC, Oct. 5, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The management of Olymel announces a $3 million investment at its pork processing facility in Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce, as well as the creation of 160 new jobs. This investment will be used to install a ham deboning table, which requires redevelopment of the butchering and chilled fresh products storage room. Ham deboning is a new operation for this facility. Work is slated to begin in November and will continue through to February 2017 without requiring any interruption in the facility's current operations.

"This investment will allow the Vallée-Jonction facility to continue serving its markets more efficiently. This change is also an integral part of the reorganization of Olymel's fresh pork sector in Quebec with a view to optimizing performance and improving efficiency. The addition of 160 new jobs over and above the current workforce will bring the number of employees at our facility in Vallée-Jonction to nearly 1200, which boosts the economic impact of our operations in the Beauce and the greater Québec City region," noted Olymel CEO Réjean Nadeau.

The Olymel plant in Vallée-Jonction currently has more than 1,000 employees and serves the vast Japanese market in particular, for which it produces fresh chilled pork, a popular product in that country. The Vallée-Jonction facility also supplies raw materials to the pork further processing facility at St-Henri-de-Lévis on the South Shore of Quebec.


In the context of this investment and the manpower needs it entails, Olymel has also launched a major recruitment campaign in the greater Quebec City region and the Beauce. This campaign relies on vehicles such as radio and regional newspapers, a presence in the Publisac, and individual interviews with all interested candidates. It is also designed to inform potential applicants about working conditions, which are among the best in the agri-food processing industry.

About Olymel

Olymel L.P. is Canada's leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats. The company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, has made feeding the world its mission, which it pursues passionately with products of impeccable quality. In carrying out its mission every day, Olymel relies on its tradition of maintaining a strong link between farm and table, as well as on innovation and attention to customer and consumer needs. The company employs close to 11,000 persons, including more than 8,000 in Quebec, and has large facilities in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Olymel exports nearly a third of its total sales, mainly to the United States, Japan and Australia, as well as over 65 other countries. Its annual sales are on the order of 3 billion dollars. The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands. For additional information about the company, visit www.olymel.ca


SOURCE Olymel l.p.

For further information: Paul Beauchamp, Senior Vice President, (514) 858-9000 Ext.: 3232, or Richard Vigneault, Corporate Communications, (514) 497-1385 or (450) 771-0400

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