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Maple Leaf's Brandon hog plant hits initial targets

by 5m Editor
21 November 2007, at 9:09am

CANADA - The implementation of a second shift at Maple Leaf's pork plant at Brandon, Manitoba is still underway but so far the process has been successful, according to Jeanette Jones, director of communications for Maple Leaf Foods.

In September, Maple Leaf began a second front-end shift at its existing state-of-the-art primary processing plant in Brandon as part of its restructuring plans.

The consolidation of Maple Leaf's pork processing began in June, when its Mitchell's Gourmet Foods plant at Saskatoon closed its doors. That was followed in October by the closure of a processing plant in Winnipeg. The combined processing capacity of the plants was 30,000 to 37,000 hogs per week.

Maple Leaf's targets for the first phase of the second shift at Brandon was to process 75,000 hogs per week by November and according to Jones, those initial targets were met.

"The introduction of the second shift has gone really well, all of our targets were achieved and it's gone seamlessly. From the recruitment of the employees, to processing the supply of hogs," Jones said.

"The plant is producing 15,000 hogs per day or 75,000 hogs per week."

Source: ManitobaCooperator

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