Canadian meat and poultry company Olymel is investing more than CA$10 million (US$8.9 million) in an expansion and modernization of its poultry processing plant at Ste-Rosalie in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. This investment is intended to increase the production capacity of the cooked products facility in order to meet a growing demand for these products in the Quebec and Canadian markets.

The construction work required by the expansion project is underway and will add 15,000 square feet of work and storage space to the facility. The work, which should be completed in April 2015, 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, according to an announcement made by Olymel President and CEO Réjean Nadeau.

With this major investment, Olymel is responding to customer demand from the retail, restaurant and foodservice sectors for pre-cooked chicken products. The expansion and latest generation equipment that will be installed at the Ste-Rosalie plant will allow Olymel to seize even more business opportunities and consolidate operations and jobs at this facility. By relying on product quality and efficient customer service as well, Olymel intends to increase its market share, according to Nadeau.

The expansion and modernization is hoped to enable the company to reduce its operations to five days instead of the current seven, while retaining all of its estimated 420 employees.  

“By increasing our production volume by nearly 40 percent, this investment will significantly improve our ability to meet the needs of our customers and markets,” Nadeau stated.