The London Poultry Processing Plant - Concrete and Formwork project included foundation walls and column pads as well as special foundations for trucks washes, deep pits and odour stack bases for a new poultry processing plant. The scope included related reinforcing and excavation for the main plant as well as several outbuildings and site civil structures. The new facility replaced aging, small-scale legacy facilities, and improved the business cost structure ensuring that processing capacity meets consumer demand growth.
The plant has adopted world-leading advanced manufacturing technology (robotics, computerized process controls), best-in-class animal welfare and food safety systems (Controlled Atmosphere Stunning, remote video auditing) and advanced environmental standards. Maple Leaf is driving growth and innovation in the production and sale of “Raised Without Antibiotics” chicken and products from the plant will be sold to retail, food service and industrial customers across Canada and in export markets.
The plant includes two separate poultry processing lines ensuring segregation of products, as well as office, welfare areas and associated site works. No ready-to-eat products are produced at the plant. The plant operates the two processing lines at a capacity of 225 birds per minute (bpm) per line and a weekly capacity of 2.1 million birds for the plant. The plant runs on a 24/7 schedule with approximately 600 employees per shift in the processing area. There are up to 150 operations and administrative employees on-site during peak working hours. Building design and parking accommodates occupancy levels identified. The plant includes external security access points.