A Maple Leaf Foods Ontario turkey processing plant has received a $2.6 million rural development grant through the provincial Rural Economic Development program.

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The grant, according to the company, will go towards additional new processing equipment, more refrigeration space and efficiency improvements throughout the plant. The grant will allow Maple Leaf to "source more turkey from Ontario farmers and increase product innovation, benefiting employees, producers and customers," said Jeff McDowell, Maple Leaf vice president for poultry. The upgrades and expansions are expected to create 30 new jobs at the plant.