Ontario invests $5.3M in expansion project at Conestoga Meat Packers
The co-op, owned by 157 hog farmers, plans to increase production 86 per cent as well as create 170 new jobs
BRESLAU, Ont.—The Ontario government has set aside $5.3 million to support a major expansion project at a pork processing plant in the Waterloo area.
Conestoga Meat Packers plans to nearly double its production capacity and create 170 new jobs as part of a multimillion-dollar scale-up initiative at its Breslau, Ont. facility—just east of Kitchener, Ont.
Conestoga, which has been operating in the area since 1982, is owned by 157 southwest Ontario hog farmers and employs approximately 900.
“This investment will help Conestoga build a state-of-the-art processing facility facilitating more high-quality product for markets in Canada and around the world,” Arnold Drung, the company’s president, said in a statement.
“The expansion provides the opportunity for future growth both in volume processed as well as people employed.”
The province did not release the overall cost of the project, but awarded the funds through the Food and Beverage Growth Fund, which can cover up to 20 per cent of total project costs.