Ham-boning facility at Winnipeg plant not affected; Maple Leaf
plans to expand facility
Nov 10, 2011
Winnipeg, Canada: A fire on
Wednesday evening at Maple Leaf Foods' Winnipeg meat-processing plant has idled
production of prepared meats for at least a day, the company said on Thursday.
Production at the facility's ham-boning section will continue as scheduled,
said Lynda Kuhn, senior vice-president of communications at Maple Leaf, one of
Canada's biggest meat packers and bakers.
The company does not know how
long production of prepared meats will be halted, as firefighters investigate
the fire's cause, Kuhn said.
The fire led to water and smoke damage at
the plant, but no workers were hurt. The company does not yet have an estimate
The Winnipeg facility is one of three in Canada that Maple
Leaf plans to expand, while shutting down six others by the end of 2014.
Maple Leaf shares rose 8 Canadian cents, or 0.7 percent, to C$11.25 in early
trading in Toronto.
[Press Office note: No claim by animal liberationists
has been received by our office regarding this incident. The plant involved is a
division of Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's largest hog producer/killer. Their pig
slaughterhouse is located in Brandon, Manitoba, approximately 3-4 hours from