WINNIPEG — A new $400 million pea processing plant near Portage la Prairie is said to create 150 jobs when construction is complete.
The Manitoba government has signed a deal with France-based Roquette for the facility, which will serve a global and North American market while bolstering the province’s food-processing industry.
“The new plant, which will be the largest dedicated to pea protein processing in the world, will support the future of Manitoba’s agriculture industry and help address the growing global demand for innovative food, nutrition and health products and solutions,” said Edouard Roquette, Roquette’s chairman.
The plant will have an annual payroll of about $9 million.
“This investment is an incredible opportunity for the community and surrounding area. We look forward to participating in the facility’s development process with Roquette and greatly anticipate the long-term contributions this investment will bring to our municipality,” said Reeve Kam Blight, RM of Portage la Prairie.
Construction is expected to begin in the RM of Portage la Prairie before the end of 2017 and create 350 full-time jobs as part of the project’s two-year design and construction phase.