Ottawa, ON – Today, Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, congratulated HyLife on their investment of up to $125 million to modernize and expand to its Integrated Pork Production and Processing System, starting as early as 2017.
“This is absolutely great news for the town of Neepawa, the surrounding area and Manitoba as a whole,” said Sopuck. “I would like to thank HyLife for their continued investment in this facility and in our region. Investments from companies like this are critical to the growth of rural communities through the creation of good, full time jobs.”
In 2011, the Conservative government invested in the Hylife Foods facility in Neepawa through a contribution of $10 million under the Slaughter Improvement Program. The investment enhanced Hylife Foods’ production capacity so they could be better positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities. This new investment shows that the program was successful. The Slaughter Improvement Program made federal repayable contributions available to support sound business plans aimed at reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving the operations of meat packing and processing operations in Canada.
“I was proud to be a part of the previous Conservative government that understood the importance of the livestock industry to our local and national economy,” said Sopuck. “We made strategic investments in the red meat industry that enhanced the competitiveness of Canada’s livestock sector, which helped lead to HyLife being a major contributor to the growth and development of rural Manitoba communities.”
HyLife has become Canada’s number one fresh chilled pork exporter to Japan, returning $200 million worth of sales from the Japanese market annually. HyLife has also had a steady presence in the Chinese market, grossing $80 million in sales annually since breaking into the market in 2008.
“This investment by Hylife into its integrated system is also a testament to the new Progressive Conservative provincial government’s commitment to fostering a business friendly environment where growth and investment in the red meat industry is encouraged and facilitated,” concluded Sopuck.