Maple Leaf Plant to be closed
“This was a very difficult decision, but necessary given the substantial physical limitations at our 80-year-old Thamesford plant,” said Maple Leaf Foods president and CEO Michael McCain. Instead, the plant’s fresh turkey processing will be moved to Sofina’s Mitchell, Ont. facility in phases over the next year. The transition should be complete in early 2018.
“It just isn’t feasible to maintain operations here beyond the next two years. The processing agreement we’ll have in place with Sofina Foods will really give us the opportunity to continue strongly in the turkey industry in Canada,” public relations director Annemarie Dijkhuis said. “It will have the pace that’s required for consumer demand of products like turkey burgers and ground turkey.”