New HyLife global headquarters are over 47,000 square feet in Steinbach, Manitoba.
By Andrew Joseph, Farms.com; Image courtesy of HyLife
HyLife Ltd., Canada’s leading pork producer, marks the official relocation of its headquarters to Steinbach, Manitoba.
The company, founded in 1994 in southeast Manitoba, is a fully integrated producer of premium pork, operating feed, barn, fleet, and pork plant facilities in Canada. The business has approximately 2,500 employees and produces 3.4 million hogs annually.
The move to a new, larger 47,462-square-foot facility places the global headquarters in the Millbrook Market development, strategically located in the heart of Steinbach.
"This is more than a building; it is a new home and anchor for HyLife that we hope will become a community landmark," explained Grant Lazaruk, the President and Chief Executive Officer of HyLife. "After several years of envisioning, planning, and building, we look forward to settling in and collaborating in this world-class space."
Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk was on hand to celebrate the grand opening and is confident that this move will provide an economic boost to his city.
"We anticipate that the opening of this state-of-the-art facility will influence other large businesses to move here, further solidifying Steinbach as a centre for high-tech agribusiness opportunities. With HyLife’s operations [having] international scope, we look forward to this opening bringing Steinbach recognition, not only at the local table but at the global table as well," Mayor Funk said.
Rural Manitoba’s construction industry is also feeling the positive impact of the new HyLife HQ.
The pork producer prioritized homegrown partnerships throughout the project; Three Way Builders Ltd. and Penn-Lite Electrical & Mechanical Inc., both of Steinbach, were responsible for construction as well as electric and mechanical work, while Winnipeg’s Cibinel Architecture Ltd. oversaw the design.
"A remarkable aspect that stood out was HyLife's profound dedication to nurturing the local economy; an astounding majority—over two-thirds—of the project was skillfully executed by gifted local tradespeople and suppliers. This profound alignment with the community echoes the deep-rooted values of HyLife, exemplified not just through their presence at local events but as an organic extension of their core belief in enriching their communities," noted Nic Thiessen, President of Three Way Builders.
Sustainability was also key in the construction of the headquarters, with various eco-friendly features integrated into its design. The four-story structure maximizes natural light thanks to a full south-facing wall adorned with over 10,817 square feet (about twice the area of a basketball court) of reflective low-E glass (low-emissivity glass is glass with an applied coating that makes windows and doors more energy efficient).
The building incorporates energy-efficient walls and materials and electric vehicle charging stations, encouraging sustainable transportation. The hydronic HVAC system provides optimal employee temperature comfort.
"Witnessing HyLife’s unwavering commitment to excellence, we were truly inspired by the meticulous attention given to crafting a cutting-edge, comfortable, and professional environment that focused on their teams’ needs and success," said Thiessen.
HyLife's dedication to employee well-being and collaboration is evident throughout the building. Each employee's workspace offers a connection to nature, with window views of a retention pond and landscaped area. Additionally, the headquarters boasts collaboration spaces, coffee stations conveniently located on every floor, and a 2,000-square-foot fitness centre for employees and their families to use.
To commemorate this momentous occasion, HyLife has released a special time-lapse video that captures the entire construction process - VIEW HERE
With its modern design, eco-friendly features, and focus on employee well-being, the headquarters sets the stage for a new era of success and innovation for HyLife.