Maple Leaf to close Winnipeg processing plant

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TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods continues its strategic shift toward value-added packaged meats and meals with its plan to close the company’s Winnipeg pork processing plant by the end of October. The move will allow the company to shift its primary pork processing operations to Brandon, Man., by the end of 2009. The Winnipeg plant processes 15,000 to 20,000 hogs per week.

"Despite the age and limitations of the Marion Street plant, employees have done a tremendous job in maintaining an excellent safety and productivity record," said Rick Young, president, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods. "Our priority is to minimize the impact on our people and provide an ongoing regional market for producers by transitioning hogs to the Brandon plant."

Maple Leaf plans to add a second shift to the Brandon plant once the Winnipeg facility closes. When the second shift is up and running, the Brandon plant will employ about 2,800 people.

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