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Maple Leaf Foods Expanding Winnipeg Plant

October 19, 2011 3:39 PM | News

Maple Leaf Foods plant manager John Burnett, Premier Greg Selinger, Maple Leaf president and COO, Agribusiness Group, Scott McCain and Mayor Sam Katz at an announcement Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Maple Leaf's Lagimodiere Boulevard plant. (JENNA CUMBERS / METRO WINNIPEG)

Maple Leaf Foods will invest $85 million into its Winnipeg plant to make it the largest bacon processing plant in Canada.

The plant on 870 Lagimodiere Boulevard is one of many in the company’s network to get an expansion as part of a $560 million investment announced Wednesday.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Scott McCain, president and chief operating officer of Agribusiness Group and Maple Leaf Foods, were on hand for the announcement this afternoon.

Elements of the Winnipeg upgrade include a 70,000-square-foot expansion with extensive renovations inside the plant, construction of an on-site waste-water pre-treatment facility, and state-of-the-art meat processing equipment and technology.

The expansions across the country will create approximately 1,150 new jobs, accounting for 345 locally.

At the same time, Maple Leaf announced it would be cutting about 1,550 positions by 2014 as part of separate facility closures. Plants in North Battleford, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Moncton and a smaller facility in Winnipeg will close as production is consolidated into new or expanded facilities.