Olymel, Canada, invested $30 million to redevelop its Orenda poultry further processing plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and to acquire a new plant (Westwyn), also located in Brampton. This investment increases the company's production capacity, particularly in the breaded poultry products segment, in order to capitalize on business opportunities in the hotel, restaurant and institution (HRI) network and in the retail distribution sector.
The acquisition of a new building represents an addition of more than 50,000 square feet to the existing surface area of these two Olymel plants, and makes additional space available for future developments.
Thanks to this investment, the Brampton Orenda plant, which had reached its full production capacity, is now equipped with a fourth breading line and high-performance equipment. Notably, the plant is now able to produce gluten-free products at all times, both for its house brands, such as Flamingo, and for private label brands.
The recently acquired and refurbished Westwyn plant specializes in deboning, which was previously done at the Olymel Orenda plant. The reorganized and extended activities of these two Olymel Ontario plants will create more than 100 new jobs.
"This major investment and the operational reorganization in the Ontario poultry sector were necessary for Olymel to continue to develop its markets, particularly in the breaded poultry products segment, whose popularity shows no signs of slowing. Olymel is consolidating its position in the poultry sector in Ontario and in Canada by giving itself considerable means to increase its production capacity, actively participate in the economic development of the agri-food processing sector and create new jobs," says Réjean Nadeau, president and CEO.