July 20, 2007


Maple Leaf Foods to close Winnipeg pork processing plant



Maple Leaf Foods Inc. announced Wednesday (Jul 18) it will close its primary pork processing operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in October.


The closure is part of Maple Leaf's plan to centralize its operations in Brandon, Manitoba, by the end of 2009. Reduced growth in its value-added packaged meat and meals business was also a factor, the company said.


Rick Young, president of Maple Leaf Consumer Foods is the company's priority is to minimize the impact on its employees and provide an ongoing regional market for producers by transitioning hogs to the Brandon plant.


The Winnipeg facility employs 145 people and processes between 15,000 to 20,000 hogs per week.


Maple Leaf will be commissioning a second shift at its Brandon plant, which will support its future raw pork material requirements and value-added customers.