KANADA, Yamachiche. After an investment of over $120 mill. and two years of intensive work that modernized, completely renovated and doubled the area of the pork processing plant of Atrahan, an Olymel division in Yamachiche, 351 Lucyporc employees joined the 556 Olymel employees.
The new new pork slaughterhouse and cutting plant will employ a total of more than 1,000 people and is the culmination of the project announced in August 2016 as part of the business partnership between Olymel and Groupe Robitaille.
Olymel is Canada's leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats. Groupe Robitaille is an integrated and diversified family business that has been active for over 50 years in poultry and pork production, milling activities and agri-food processing. As part of its activities, Groupe Robitaille meets demanding and specific criteria for genetic selection, breeding, feeding, traceability, biosecurity and animal welfare.
In addition to existing Olymel and Lucyporc employees, the completion of this project has created more than 300 new jobs, making Olymel one of the largest employers in the region. The new plant, which will focus on the production of value-added products, will be officially inaugurated later this year.
The production capacity is gradually increasing in slaughter capacity from 18,000 to 40,000 hogs/week and doubling the production volume. The production systems were modernized using the latest generation technologies, in particular through the automation of certain operations and the implementation of high-performance Cryovac vacuum packaging systems. It is aimed at the production and marketing of value-added and niche products, such as Nagano pork or chilled pork products with a 60-day shelf life.