CANADA, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. The construction of an $8 mill. expansion has begun at the Olymel agrifood processing plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This significant investment funds the construction of new facilities and the acquisition of new equipment for chicken boning and cooking, a new activity that will be added to the facility’s existing production operations.
The facility will be supplied with fresh products by Olymel’s poultry primary processing plants in St-Damase, Montérégie, and at Sunnymel, in New Brunswick. Cooking and boning chickens will allow us to produce value-added diced chicken, a product destined for clients in the hotel, restaurant and institution (HRI) network. This meat is popular for its use in pâtés, soups and salads as well as in a host of other culinary preparations. Once completed, the construction work will add nearly 14,000 sq. ft.to the facility on Claude Street, bringing its total surface area to over 37,000 sq.ft. new production operations should begin in April 2018.
The Olymel plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu employs more than 130 people (170once the construction is completed) whose work is spread over three shifts. This agrifoodfurther processing plant manufactures a variety of products ranging from poultry cold cuts to tournedos, chicken skewers, turkey roasts and now, diced chicken.