The Laplante Poultry Farms (LPF) processing plant in Monkland, Ontario, is expanding, following a decision by the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) Board of Directors in cooperation with the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors (AOCP) to provide additional processing supply to the plant.
As a result of the additional chicken processing supply, the LPF processing plant will be upgraded to handle approximately 500,000 kilos of chicken per quota period and will increase the number of full time jobs at the facility by up to 25.
“We are pleased to be able to grow our business in this region and offer processing capacity for those farmers looking for local options in the language of their choice,” said Robert Laplante, operator of LPF.
LPF is the only Ontario chicken processor east of Toronto.
“Eastern Ontario is home to many thriving family farms who are growing fresh, healthy chicken for local Ontario communities, “ said Henry Zantingh, CFO chair. “The decision to expand the Laplante Poultry Farms chicken processing facility in Monkland will provide Eastern Ontario and other farmers with a new partnering opportunity for processing their chicken.”
Rob Dougans, president and CEO of CFO, added: “CFO is dedicated to meeting chicken consumer markets, whether these markets are for conventional, specialty, or artisanal chicken or, as in this case, those looking for locally grown and processed chicken in Eastern Ontario. This expansion also helps meet another long-time goal of Chicken Farmers of Ontario to help facilitate economic growth of the chicken industry and create jobs across the province including in Eastern Ontario.”