Saskatoon pork processing operation to close

by Editor
Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will close its Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based primary pork processing operation on June 1, ahead of the company's original schedule.

The Company is in the process of conducting a detailed analysis to support the eventual transfer of the 11th Street secondary processing operations to other Maple Leaf Foods plants.

The closure will affect approximately 300 hourly employees and 40 salaried positions. Supporting the transition of the latter to other employment is a priority, including other opportunities within Maple Leaf Foods.

Saskatchewan remains a very important market and operating base for Maple Leaf Foods, where the Company employees another 950 in its further processed meats business. Maple Leaf will continue to invest in its Saskatchewan operations to support the strategic realignment of its business and growth in its value-added meats and meals operations.

For hog producers the announcement came much sooner than expected, but Maple Leaf has offered them long-term contracts to ship their animals to the firm's Brandon, Manitoba, plant.