Maple Leaf Foods will be closing the doors on its main pork processing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The timeline is for it to occur by Oct. 26.

Company officials said the closure is one more phase in the company's efforts to centralize its pork-processing operations in Brandon, Manitoba. The goal is to have that complete by late 2009. The company's driver in this effort is to focus on value-added products and reduce its primary processing volumes.

The Winnipeg plant slaughters 15,000 to 20,000 hogs a week. The plan is to start slowing those levels down in early September, in order to transition into the late-October closure. At that time, Maple Leaf will kick off a second shift at its Brandon plant. That plant will supply raw pork products and value-added products.

Source: Maple Leaf,