June 15, 2018 12:31 pm
Updated: June 15, 2018 8:40 pm

Port Hope chicken hatchery Curtis Chicks unveils $8-million expansion plan

Maple Lodge Farms is investing $8 million to expand its Curtis Chicks hatchery in Port Hope.

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Maple Lodge Farms will be investing $8 million to expand its chicken hatchery in Port Hope, Ont.

On Friday morning, the company and municipal officials gathered at Curtis Chicks Hatchery on Fox Road to announce the expansion plans.

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They include the addition of 22,825 square feet to the existing facility for a total of 56,000 square feet along with state-of-the-art incubation equipment.

“We are committed to the province’s chicken farmers and the Ontario hatching egg and poultry industry,” stated Michael Burrows, CEO of Maple Lodge Farms. “We are investing in the industry, our employees and the Port Hope community. The world-class technology that we are bringing in will make this an exemplary hatchery in the province and country.”

The company says the expansion project will double the plant’s capacity to 48 million chicks annually.

“This investment is further testament to MLF’s long-term commitment to the Ontario hatching egg and poultry industry, and the Port Hope community,” the company stated.

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson takes a tour of Curtis Chicks.

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The company says the expanded operations will mean new job opportunities.

Maple Lodge Farms operates four hatcheries in Ontario and is the largest chicken processor in Canada.

The investment will expand the existing facility by more than 22,000 feet.

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