Maple Lodge Farms announces hatchery expansion
By Canadian Poultry magazineNews
Maple Lodge Farms’ (MLF) recently announced an $8 million expansion to its hatchery in Port Hope.
The investment will extend the hatchery by 22,825 square feet for a total of 56,000 square feet and include state-of-the-art incubation equipment.
“We are committed to the province’s chicken farmers and the Ontario hatching egg and poultry industry,” said Michael Burrows, CEO of Maple Lodge Farms. “We are investing in the industry, our employees and the Port Hope community. The world-class technology that we are bringing in will make this an exemplary hatchery in the province and country.”
When complete, the MLF hatchery will double its capacity to 48 million chicks annually, to better serve Southern Ontario farmers and the Ontario poultry industry. The expanded operations will offer new job opportunities for the Port Hope community.
The Port Hope hatchery is led by veterinarian and general manager, Dr. Rachel Ouckama, who has been with the company for 33 years. She was instrumental in developing the expansion proposal and will oversee the project to ensure that a high operational standard is maintained.
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