The Olymel l.p. executive today announced a major investment in its food processing plant in Cornwall, Ontario. The company is investing $37 million in the expansion of its facilities, and will add 70,000 square feet to the existing space. Work now in progress includes the addition of a continuous smokehouse and construction of a biological reactor designed to increase wastewater treatment and purification capacity. This expansion will create fifty new jobs and enable the Cornwall plant to expand its capacity to produce not only bacon but also a wider variety of processed pork products.
“This investment is part of a plan to reorganize the company’s operations in the processed pork sector, and is a vote of confidence in the future of the Cornwall plant. Olymel also plans to renew its production with a plan to specialize its facilities by product type. In a context of fierce competition from U.S. products in the bacon sector, Olymel has decided to change the focus of some of its facilities, including the Cornwall plant, by combining bacon production operations with other processed meat operations. By diversifying production of the Cornwall plant, we seek to increase our ability to meet our customers’ varied needs and market a highly competitive product line,” noted Olymel President and CEO Réjean Nadeau.
This significant investment in the Cornwall plant, previously specialized in the slicing and production of pre-cooked bacon, allows greater flexibility in the production of a wider variety of products. The plant may produce items such as smoked products like pork ham, picnic hams and jowls. Once the work is completed, the Cornwall plant will employ more than 320 persons. Under federal jurisdiction, the operations of the Cornwall facility are supervised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
“The Olymel plant in Cornwall enjoys an advantageous geographical position close to major transportation axes and between larger centres such as Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The expansion of our facilities and broadening of our operations through a more diversified product line represent an additional factor in optimizing our operations so we can better serve the Canadian and U.S. markets,” added plant manager Martin Croteau.
About Olymel l.p.
Olymel l.p. is a Canadian leader in the slaughtering, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats, with facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. The company employs near 10,000 persons and exports nearly half its production, mainly to the United States, Japan and Australia, as well as some sixty other countries. Its sales were over $2.3 billion last year, with a slaughtering and processing capacity of 160,000 hogs and 1.7 million birds a week. The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands.