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Brandon manager select to lead niche processing facility in Lethbridge

Dave Wood accepts new challenge to run unique fresh pork facility dedicated to Japanese market

BRANDON, MB – Maple Leaf Pork announced today that Brandon plant manager Dave Wood has been selected to run Maple Leaf Pork’s processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Lethbridge plant is a unique niche facility producing fresh pork products with custom equipment specifically for the Japanese market.

"It has been our experience at Maple Leaf that facilities need different leadership skills at different times. An integral part of Maple Leaf’s professional development strategy is to provide opportunities to our managers to move every few years so they experience different aspects of the business and continue to grow professionally. The operations and employees also benefit from fresh ideas and different styles of leadership," said Pat Jones, President of Maple Leaf Pork. "Dave Wood has been an outstanding ambassador for Maple Leaf in Brandon. We’re delighted he accepted this challenge. Lethbridge is an excellent, very unique facility that will benefit from Dave’s leadership."

"It’s been a great few years in Brandon. I’d like to thank everyone for making me and my family welcome," said Dave Wood. "I’m very proud of what we accomplished at Maple Leaf Pork in Brandon. It’s been the professional challenge of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to a new set of challenges in Lethbridge and maybe a bit more time with my family."

Gord Maxwell, Plant Manager for Maple Leaf Pork’s Burlington, Ontario fresh pork processing facility has been selected to lead the Brandon facility through the next phase of its development. Mr. Maxwell has been in the industry for 31 years and has been managing Maple Leaf Pork’s fresh pork processing plant in Burlington since 1997.

"Dave is going to be a tough act to follow," said Gord Maxwell. "This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to sharing my skills and experience with the great team at Brandon’s state-of-the-art facility."

For further information: Carolynn Penton, Fleishman-Hillard, (416) 214-0701

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