Maple Leaf Foods to Close Ayr Plant

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TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods has announced plans to close its Ayr, Ont., farm in an effort to consolidate poultry operations into its Brantford, Ont., and Mississauga, Ont., facilities.

“We have an immediate opportunity to increase efficiency and capacity utilization in our value-added poultry business, which this consolidation will achieve,” said Michael McCain, president and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods.

“Value-added chicken is an important market for us, and we plan to grow the business by focusing our operations and investments in our Mississauga and Brantford plants.”

The processed-meat company will transfer production from its 42,000-square-foot facility in Ayr, Ont., and close the plant in May 2012. Investments totalling approximately $6.5 million will be made in Mississauga and Brantford to support the production transfers.

The company regrets the impact this closure will have on the employees and plans to support them through the “transition to secure new employment.”

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