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Manitoba Clean Environment Commission Report Released

Recommends Licensing to Allow a Second-Shift Expansion at the Maple Leaf Brandon Pork Plant

November 3, 2003 - Brandon, Manitoba - Manitoba Conservation today announced that it has received the report from the Clean Environment Commission recommending the issuance of licenses, subject to certain conditions, to support a second-shift expansion at the Maple Leaf Brandon pork plant. The Approvals Branch of Manitoba Conservation will review the recommendations and is responsible for issuing the licenses related to expansion of the City of Brandon Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWWTP) and modifications to the Maple Leaf pork plant.

“We are pleased to receive the support of the Clean Environment Commission and the Province of Manitoba, which will allow Maple Leaf to fully realize the operating potential of the Brandon facility,” said Anne Tennier, Vice President of Engineering and Environmental Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods. “The Clean Environment Commission conducted a very thorough and comprehensive hearing and we will be carefully reviewing their report.  Maple Leaf is committed to environmentally sustainable growth in Manitoba supported by our continued investment in people, assets and technology. We look forward to working with the City of Brandon and the Province to realize the benefits this expansion will provide.”

The Brandon plant will only be expanded to a second shift once all the environmental and operating requirements have been met, including establishing an adequate supply of quality hogs, securing a skilled and permanent work force, and developing value-added markets for the increased volume of products. The proposal to upgrade the IWWTP includes implementing leading edge technology that will significantly improve future effluent quality over the current system, with lower nutrient levels in the treated wastewater than from the current single shift. 

Maple Leaf believes that there is currently sufficient sow production in Manitoba to meet the needs of a second shift at the Brandon facility. As a result, the Company is slowing down the siting of new hog production operations and is focused on balancing existing sow production with nursery and finishing capacity.  The start-up of a second shift is not expected to commence before the summer of 2005.  

The Maple Leaf Brandon pork plant was first commissioned in 1999 and currently employs approximately 1300 people. A second shift expansion is expected to result in approximately 900 additional jobs in the Province of Manitoba.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs more than 18,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia.


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