Group Westco, the New Brunswick poultry producer, is building three new broiler chicken barns near Arnaud, Man.
The $3 million-to-$4 million investment will replace the company’s Neepawa Food Processors Ltd. operation that it acquired in 2006.
Construction of the new barns is to begin in the spring and they are scheduled to be operational in the fall with the Neepawa plant to be phased out perhaps by the end of the year.
The new barns puts the operation in much closer proximity to its supplier, Carleton Hatcheries in Grunthal and to the Dun-Rite processing facility in Winnipeg.
The three new 52,800 square foot broiler houses will hold 212,000 broiler chickens at a time and produce close to three million kilograms per year.
Group Wescto is the second largest poultry producer in Manitoba and its fully integrated operation in New Brunswick produces 51 per cent of that province’s broiler chickens and 67 per cent of the turkeys.