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Maple Leaf reaches double shift at Brandon

(Resource News International) — Maple Leaf Foods has achieved its
goal of a full double shift at its hog processing facility at Brandon, Man., an official with the company confirmed Friday.

“The facility is now licensed to slaughter 86,000 hogs per
week,” said Jeanette Jones, director of communications for Maple Leaf
Foods. The facility achieved that goal at about the end
of September and beginning of October.

The ability to move to a second full shift at Brandon was
linked to the completion of the expansion of that city’s waste
water treatment plant, Jones said. The upgrade to the waste water
facility began in 2007.

Maple Leaf has invested $120 million in its facilities in
Manitoba, which included the expansion of its Brandon plant to a
full second shift, the upgrade to the water treatment and waste
facility in Brandon and an upgrade to its Lagimodiere Road plant
in Winnipeg. The upgrade included consolidating the company’s ham boning
operations at the facility.

“Manitoba is a major growth centre for our value-added meat
processing operations,” Jones said.

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