ST-HYACINTHE, Que.—Canadian meat processor Olymel is adding ham deboning capabilities to its plant in Vallée-Jonction, Que.
The expansion project will create 160 new jobs at the facility outside Quebec City and require an investment of approximately $3 million. Slated to get underway in November, the project involves changes to the plant’s butchering and chilled fresh products storage room, as well as the installation of a ham deboning table.
“This investment will allow the Vallée-Jonction facility to continue serving its markets more efficiently,” Réjean Nadeau, the company’s CEO, said. “This change is also an integral part of the reorganization of Olymel’s fresh pork sector in Quebec with a view to optimizing performance and improving efficiency.
Launching an employee recruitment campaign to fill the 160 new positions, the Quebec-based meat processor said the new jobs will raise the head count at the Vallée-Jonction plant to nearly 1,200.
Olymel expects to complete work on the project by February of next year. It said it can complete the work without pausing any existing operations at the facility.