Canada-based Brome Lake Ducks acquired the former Viande Laroche beef plant, located in the Eastern Township municipality of Asbestos, for $30 million. The investment includes the construction of a new hatchery and new livestock buildings, which will double the duck processor’s annual production and create more than 150 new jobs over the next few years.

"Our new processing plant will occupy 51,000 square feet and will not only permit to consolidate the leadership of Brome Lake Ducks on its markets, but also ensures its growth and competitiveness by producing the quantities needed to meet the local and international demand," says Claude Trottier, president and COO.

Brome Lake Ducks is also planning to double the production from 2 million to over 4 million ducks by 2020.

"The high-level equipment and cutting-edge technology that we find here will allow us to increase our production by more than 500,000 ducks per year while maintaining the high quality of our products that has become our trademark," adds Mario Côté, chairman of the board. "Our expansion project takes into account the highest standards with regards to animal health and welfare, and I can assure you that our new processing plant in Asbestos will not be exception to this rule."