State-of-the-art poultry facility in London to get fund
Nov. 27, 2018
Global Korean Post
Governments of Canada and Ontario will invest to Canada’s poultry processing industry.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a $28-million investment in Maple Leaf Foods, a leading Canadian producer of packaged meats.
Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, today announced a $34.5-million investment in Maple Leaf Foods’ modern and innovative chicken processing plant in London over the next five years.
The funding will go toward Maple Leaf Foods’ $660-million capital investment in a new state-of-the-art, environmentally leading facility in London, Ontario.
It will feature the latest advanced technologies to improve productivity, animal welfare, and the environmental sustainability of poultry production. This is part of an overall project cost of $744 million, which includes additional start-up and adjustment costs. The new facility will create 300 immediate construction jobs and will employ 1,340 full time employees by 2023.
To further strengthen the Canadian agri-food sector, Maple Leaf Foods will spend an additional $5 million in activities that accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and reduce their environmental footprint by 50 percent.
Maple Leaf Foods is an Ontario company, tracing its history back to 1836. Maple Leaf Foods is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and employs more than 11,000 people across Canada. The company exports to more than 20 global markets, including the United States and Asia.
Maple Leaf Foods’ project will merge and replace three of the company’s smaller facilities in Toronto, Brampton and St. Marys, Ontario, that are not viable options for modernization.