HyLife’s growing pork production and processing infrastructure will help support Manitoba’s economy
By Kate Ayers
The expansion of HyLife Foods’ pork production and processing facilities will help create jobs in Manitoba.
The company’s growth is supported by contributions from the government and the private sector, a Farmscape article said yesterday.
Representatives from the Manitoba government, HyLife Foods and the municipal government gathered in Neepawa on Friday to make the announcement.
“We would like to thank the Manitoba government for their support, enabling us to transform our company into the best Canadian food company in the world,” Claude Vielfaure, HyLife’s CEO, said in the article.
The company “provides premium pork products and creates value-added jobs and economic activity locally in Neepawa, Killarney, Turtle Mountain and throughout the province.”
A recent $176-million investment has supported the expansion and modernization of HyLife’s plants as well as created new jobs at the company’s processing facility, hog barns and feed mills.
The Neepawa facility has 1,300 employees and is world class, the Farmscape article said.
“We continue to export our products to many countries around the world with hogs raised in Manitoba and processed right here in Neepawa,” Vielfaure said.
Indeed, Japan is one of the company’s most important markets.
“We have been able to distinguish ourselves from our competitors through quality products, meeting our customer specifications but most importantly through the greatest-tasting pork in the world,” Vielfaure said in the article.
In addition to HyLife’s growth, the company works closely with the community and has contributed to school and business expansions in Neepawa.
Last year, Manitoba’s food processing industry accounted for 25 per cent of all manufacturing activities, generating $4.7 billion in sales, Ralph Eichler, Manitoba’s ag minister, said in a Farmscape article today. Meat processing accounted for 42 per cent ($2 billion) of that amount.