After a year of work and an investment of over CA$30 million (US$23.7 million), the Olymel poultry slaughterhouse and cutting plant in St-Damase, Quebec, has opened its new pre-packaging facilities.
The Olymel plant in St-Damase now has the capacity to serve customers requiring high volumes of pre-packaged poultry products. Incorporating the pre-packing lines, which were previously outsourced, into the St-Damase facility will significantly reduce product handling and transportation as well as provide tighter control over quality, order processing and logistics. This project’s completion, delivered on time, led to the creation of 80 new jobs, bringing the number of employees working at this facility to over 500.
This major work — which enabled the plant to add additional cutting, deboning and tray packing lines, as well as install state-of-the-art equipment — was done without impacting normal operations at the facility.
To accommodate the new pre-packed tray operations, one shift will prepare air-cooled poultry products such as breasts, drumsticks, wings, deboned thighs and bone-in skin-on thighs, for private customers. The plant also supplies Olymel’s further processing plants with fresh products and has an annual production volume of 75 million kg.
“I want to thank the teams that contributed to completing this growth-generating project and acknowledge the valuable partnership from the United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW Local 1991P, which represents the St. Damase employees,” Mr. Nadeau said. “This investment of nearly C$32 million, in addition to those made over the past few years also in the order of around C$30 million and all the new jobs it created, will have a positive effect on St. Damase’s and the greater St. Hyacinthe region’s economy.”
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