Saint-François de Madawaska, N.B. – Olymel l.p. and Groupe Westco Inc. have started construction of their $40-million Sunnymel poultry slaughtering and cutting plant in Clair in the Madawaska county of New Brunswick.
The 6,430-m2 plant will have a capacity of 450,000 birds per week, and will create approximately 250 jobs. The facility will serve the entire Maritimes market from New Brunswick.
The new facility will be completed in two phases, with phase one, site development, scheduled for completion this November. Phase two, which will see the construction of the foundation, installation of water conduits and construction of the buildings, is due to be finished one year from now.
St-Hyacinthe-based processor Olymel and Saint-François de Madawaska, N.B.-based poultry producer Groupe Westco had been locked in a legal battle with Nadeau Maple Lodge that had held up construction of the Sunnymel facility. In June 2011 a decision by the Court of Appeal cleared the way for government approvals of the new facility.