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Rothsay Announces $9 Million Expansion For Winnipeg Plant

DUNDAS, ON, March 15 /CNW/ – Rothsay announced today that it will invest $9
million to and its rendering plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rothsay is Canada’s
largest renderer. The plant is currently operating at full capacity due to the
growth of livestock agriculture and processing in Manitoba. “This investment in
our Rothsay Winnipeg plant demonstrates Maple Leaf Foods’ commitment to the
development and future growth of Canadian agribusiness,” said Scott McCain,
President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Foods Agribusiness Group.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our meat processor and producer partners
this essential environmental service.” “Rothsay is very excited at the
prospect of participating in the continued growth of the Manitoba livestock
processing sector. Our employees at the Winnipeg plant are to be congratulated
for successfully rising to the challenge of handling a significant increase in
volume,” said Darryl Robinson, President of Rothsay. “There will be no
interruption in services provided to our raw material or finished product
customers.” The planned expansion will increase the plant’s capacity by more
than 50 per cent and is expected to create nine new jobs. The project has
already received approval from both the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba
Environment Department.

Over the past three years, Rothsay has done extensive work with livestock
producers to initiate on-farm environmental services. The Environment
Department is pleased with the added capacity in material handling that will be
made possible by the Winnipeg plant expansion. The investment will include new
environmental equipment as well as added capacity to the processing lines. The
project should be completed by year-end. Rothsay provides an essential
environmental service to the livestock, meat and food processing and restaurant
industries through the recycling of by-products into oils and protein meals for
use in animal feeds. Rothsay is a member of the Maple Leaf Foods’ family of
companies. Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s largest food processor.

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