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Olymel expanding its Ste-Rosalie plant


October 31, 2014
By Kristy Nudds


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October 30, 2014 – Olymel is investing over $10 million in an expansion and modernization of its poultry processing plant at Ste-Rosalie in St-Hyacinthe. The investment is intended to increase the production capacity of the cooked products facility in order to meet a growing demand on the Quebec and Canadian markets for this category of product.

The construction work required by the expansion project began in October and will add 15,000 square feet of work and storage space to the facility. The work, which should be completed in April next year includes installation of a third cooking line, construction of a spice warehouse, the addition of two loading docks and redevelopment of the individually quick frozen (IQF) section.

The Ste-Rosalie processing facility employs more than 420 persons. In addition to its boning operation, the facility fabricates cooked and breaded chicken products such as wings, breast morsels and breast strips to serve its own brands, mainly Flamingo, as well as for private labels. The plant in Ste-Rosalie sources its fresh products from Olymel’s poultry slaughter facilities.

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Ste-Rosalie plant manager Claude Chapdelaine said in a release that once construction is completed, operations can be reduced by seven days to five while still retaining all staff, and production volume will increase by nearly 40 per cent.