Expansion Olymel to invest in pork plant
The company will double processing capacity at the Atrahan plant by adding a second line and production shift. The project includes redevelopment of the hog receiving area and expansion of the slaughtering section, cold rooms and the butchering room, storage areas, shipping and service areas as well as water treatment facilities. Niche products processed at the plant include chilled pork, Mugifuji pork and Nagano pork and featured Lucyporc brands as part of a partnership with Groupe Robitaille which has a 50% stake in Lucyporc. The Atrahan plant expansion is expected to be complete within three years.
The Atrahan plant will be outfitted with the latest equipment thus enabling Olymel to meet customers’ product specifications while raising the value of its products and by-products. The day shift will be devoted to producing value-added products under the Mugifuji and Nagano brands in full compliance with Lucyporc specifications for these products, according to Olymel.
Réjean Nadeau, president and CEO of Olymel, added that the new manufacturing model will increase processing efficiency, while improving the quality of production. The reorganization also enables Olymel and its partners to meet growing market demand in Canada and in Asia. The expansion and merger of Atrahan and Lucyporc operations is expected to take 36 months, during which the facility in Yamachiche and the Lucyporc plant will continue their respective operations.
Olymel and Groupe Robitaille are in talks with union representatives of workers at Olymel’s Atrahan facility as well as those at Lucyporc, both groups being members of UFCW Local 1991-P. In addition to the 360 Olymel employees at the Atrahan facility and 430 employees of Lucyporc, the expansion project will create 350 new jobs, bringing the number of workers to more than 1,000.