Oakville poultry plant to add 62 jobs, undergo $8M renovation

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Published September 15, 2023 at 4:48 pm

The Olymel poultry plant in Oakville will be undergoing $8M in refurbishment work after the company announced it is consolidating operations with another plant in Paris that is closing. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Expansion at an Oakville poultry plant will see it add 62 new jobs and undergo $8 million in refurbishment work in preparation for the addition of new production line.

Olymel announced it is closing its poultry further processing plant in Paris, Ontario and will be consolidating operations with those of its Oakville plant, located at 2714 Bristol Circle.

Once work is completed, 62 new jobs will be created bringing the total number of employees at the Oakville plant to 180.

The closure of the Paris plant on Dec. 22 will impact 93 employees, who will be given the option of signing up for a relocation program to continue work at another Olymel plant in Ontario.

Work will commence on the expansion in Oakville in the coming weeks. One of the lines currently based in Paris will be installed.

As part of the restructuring, activities will grow at the Orenda plant in Brampton, particularly in tumbling.

The company said both the Paris and Oakville plants were operating below their capacities.

“With the Paris and Oakville plants both operating in the poultry further processing sector and located a short distance apart, Olymel found itself running two plants that were working below their respective capacities,” said Yanick Gervais, president and CEO of Olymel.

“Consolidating the operations of the two plants in Oakville will put an end to this situation and generate significant gains in efficiency and savings, as well as positive outcomes for the Orenda poultry further processing plant in Brampton and the Sainte-Rosalie plant in Montérégie Est, Quebec.”

The consolidation was just one of a series of announcements made by Olymel this week.

They also announced the closure of its boning and packaging plant in Princeville, Centre-du-Québec.

The plant will cease operations on Nov. 10.

A total of 301 employees will be impacted by the closure.

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