Olymel's St-Jean-sur-Richelieu poultry plant is undergoing an $8-million expansion, that includes new production equipment for value-added further chicken processing
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. – Olymel has done it again.
The company has invested $8 million in another of its plants – this one a poultry plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Construction on the expansion has already begun, which will include new equipment for chicken boning and cooking, a process that is new to the facility.
The new addition and equipment will create 40 new jobs.
Olymel says in a statement that its poultry primary processing plants in Quebec (St-Damase and Montérégie), and in New Brunswick (Sunnymel) will supply the fresh products to the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant.
The added activity of boning and cooking chickens allows Olymel to create a value added diced chicken, a product which is ideal for hotels, restaurants and institutions.
The meat is popular, says Olymel, “for its use in pâtés, soups and salads, as well as in a host of other culinary preparations.”
The construction is expected to add 14,000 sq. ft. to the facility, bringing the total to 37,000 sq. ft. The new production operations should begin in April 2018.
The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant currently has 130 employees who work over three shifts. Right now the plant manufactures a variety of products ranging from poultry cold cuts to tournedos, chicken skewers, and turkey roasts.