Graham Starmer, President and CEO of The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce applauds the move by Maple Leaf Foods to expand in Manitoba with an investment of 85 million dollars to upgrade the current St. Boniface plant, announced today in Winnipeg.
“We are pleased that Maple Leaf Foods has made this move and shown such confidence in Manitoba, “ said Starmer. “ This investment by Maple Leaf in its Winnipeg plant is proof of their confidence in the future of the pork industry in Manitoba.”
The company plans to add a 70,000 square foot expansion that consolidates fresh bacon processing from Moncton, NB and North Battleford, SK facilities. This increases the size of the facility to 340,000 square feet thus creating the largest bacon processing plant in Canada.
Manitoba produces approximately 4.2 million pigs for slaughter and processing and exports about 3.4 million weanling pigs for export to the United States. Over 13,000 Manitobans depend on the pork industry for their livelihood and the pork sector is a major exporter to other provinces, Japan, the United States, Mexico, China and many other countries. Total farm gate sales for 2011 will be over $700 million.
“The increased economic impact for such a large number of people in this province will have a positive ripple effect for years to come, “ added Starmer. “ In total, 345 new jobs will be added through this expansion as well as the 100 new jobs through the construction phase. This is cause for celebration.”
The St. Boniface plant is expected to employ 1,100 hourly and 160 salaried employees. In addition to bacon, the plant will process high-quality hams and bacon products for worldwide markets. Combined with this increase in the slaughter and processing capacity of Maple Leaf Foods’ plant in Brandon, Manitoba Pork Producers are assured of a future demand for pigs over the next 20-30 years.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce represents 64 local Chambers of Commerce and over 370 direct corporate members, overseeing a network of more than 10,000 businesses and community leaders. The Manitoba Pork Council represents over 500 pork producers in the Province.
Media Contact:Sue Barkman, Director Policy and Communications | The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce 227 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2A6 • Ph (204) 948-0103 Fax (204) 948-0110 Email: [email protected]