Quebec pork and poultry company Olymel is investing $11 million in the expansion and modernization of its pork further processing facility located in St-Henri-de-Lévis, on the South Shore of Quebec.
This investment will go toward buying new equipment for the plant, which is expected to increase efficiency and boost production volume from 40 million to almost 60 million kg each year.
This particular facility produces smoked sausages and emulsions such as Bologna, pepperoni, salami, mock chicken, smoked ham and other products. The expansion and redevelopment work will include the addition of a smoker, chillers and production and packaging equipment to expand production of smoked products such as hams. Upon completion of the work, slated to begin next week, 3,000 sq ft will have been added to the existing building, bringing the total area of the plant to 170,000 sq ft.
“Olymel continues to invest in modernizing and developing operations at its processing facilities in order to better meet the needs of customers and markets,” says Olymel president and CEO Réjean Nadeau. “This $11 million investment in St-Henri-de-Lévis is part of our commitment to remain a leader in our industry in Quebec and Canada, and to improve our competitive edge. To achieve its growth goals, Olymel has invested more than $250 million since 2015 in both its pork and poultry sectors.”
The Olymel plant in St-Henri-de-Lévis currently has 530 employees, and these new changes are expected to create more than thirty jobs.