More jobs added as Olymel invests $30 million
Late last year, Olymel announced the completion of a $30 million investment in its Brampton Orenda poultry facility.
The two-building facility now employs more than 500 members of UFCW Local 175 who process and manufacture breaded and frozen chicken products.
This large investment means an increase to the company production capacity and the purchase of a second plant in Brampton, which adds 50,000 square feet to their facilities. This expansion equals more Union jobs.
The Orenda plant added a fourth breading line and can now produce gluten-free products at all times. The company refurbished the new facility and moved the raw side of production, including deboning, to the Westwyn plant. As a result, the reorganization of work and tasks meant the creation of more than 100 new jobs. Currently, there is one Chief Steward and 12 Stewards working as a team at the two plants.
The company sees great popularity in breaded poultry products and its new 50,000 space still allows for further development. Employees, the Union, and the company cooperated through the early reopening of the collective agreement to allow for the reallocation of jobs at the new plant to be included. The new agreement includes wage increases and pension improvements.