Farmer-owned poultry processor Granny’s Poultry announced plans for an expansion to its Canada plant.

Granny’s Poultry distributes fresh and frozen Manitoba chicken and turkey nationwide. The $37 million plant expansion and renovation will allow Granny’s Poultry to grow their business, improve production efficiency and purchase new equipment for processing, chilling, packaging and grading poultry. The expanded facility will also provide an opportunity for up to 148 employees to upgrade their skills over the next two years through new training.

Granny’s Poultry currently represents 188 producer-member owners who supply the company with hatching eggs, chickens and turkeys. The company employs approximately 500 Manitobans, supporting the livelihood of poultry producers, breeders and hatcheries.

“This investment ensures our farmer-owners have a viable processor to buy their production long term. It also demonstrates the commitment that our farmer-owners have to the Manitoba poultry industry and to providing quality poultry products to consumers across Canada,” says Barclay Uruski, chairman.

“The expansion and upgrading of our processing facilities will keep Granny’s growing and competitive for years to come. Investing in state-of-the-art equipment will improve production efficiencies and help us develop new market opportunities for Manitoba poultry,” adds Craig Evans, chief executive officer.