Red Deer, Alta. – Olymel is looking to expand more in Western Canada.
In a statement, the company announced an investment of $2 million “to convert a section of its pork processing plant” to manufacture fresh sausages for the Western Canadian market.
The added manufacturing, says the statement, “will require modernized refrigeration as well as new equipment in a separate section of the plant.”
The company says the renovations will begin in July and will create 20 new jobs. Currently there are 1,400 employees.
Olymel’s president and CEO, Réjean Nadeau, says in the statement that the project will add value to the raw materials the plant already processes.
“The new section for fresh sausage production at the Red Deer plant is an integral part of an investment plan directed at greater penetration in the Western Canadian market to meet growing demand for sausage products manufactured in Canada,” he says.
The company says the new processing at the Red Deer plant will reduce transportation times and offer consumers better shelf life.
The statement says “the new activity” will also “enable Olymel to expand its business base and serve the Western Canadian market even better in product categories such as breakfast and fresh sausages as well as bulk sausage meat.”