Canadian companies Sargent Farms and Boire & Freres are partnering to build a new broiler hatchery in Woodstock, Ontario.

The new hatchery will be known as Thomas River Hatchery and will have an initial capacity of 20 million chicks per year. About CA$10 million (US$7.7 million) is being invested in the hatchery, which is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017.

“We are pleased to see this kind of investment in hatchery capacity and infrastructure in the Ontario chicken industry value chain,” said Henry Zantingh, chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “Our chicken farmers have a strong relationship with their local hatcheries and depend heavily on the quality and service we receive from our chick suppliers in order to ensure that our production meets the evolving needs of our customers and our consumers.”

Headquartered in Wickham, Quebec, Boire & Freres is a family owned and operated company that services more than 40 percent of the Quebec broiler chick market and runs the largest broiler chick hatchery in Canada, according to the company’s website.

Sargent Farms, also a family-run business, was founded in 1943. Its products are certified by the Halal Monitoring Authority. The company is headquartered in Milton, Ontario.