Maple Leaf Foods is constructing a $660 million, world-class value-added fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario, Canada. The 640,000-sq-ft facility will include leading-edge food safety, environmental and animal welfare processes and technologies. Cincinnati-based Hixson Architecture & Engineering will be serving as the lead firm to design and engineer the facility, with Ontario-based WalterFedy collaborating to provide architecture and engineering services in Canada.
Construction, which is expected to generate approximately 300 jobs, is projected to begin in the spring of 2019. A plant start-up is planned for the second quarter of 2021, with the plant initially supporting more than 1,450 direct full- and part-time jobs. Over the next five years, Maple Leaf will invest an additional $5 million on projects to accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing and production technologies and to support its goal to reduce the company’s environmental footprint by 50 percent by 2025.