The Canadian company based in Quebec announced Friday [January 18] that it would be investing $30M Canadian (CAD) ($22.6m US) in a new production facility in Saint-Hyacinthe this year.
Plans for the final design of the new feed additive facility are currently in progress with an area architect, a company spokesperson said. Once completed, Jefo Nutrition Inc. has completed that step it will start its quotation process for the upcoming facility.
The Jefo Group is a feed additive and research company focused on addressing animal nutritional challenges through its work with vitamins, minerals, yeasts, enzymes, organic acids and other non-medicated supplements. The company has facilities on four continents and sells into more than 80 countries.
The company is building the new feed additive production plant to address its current and expanding market, the spokesperson told us.
“We want to make sure that we answer the growing demands for our solutions while ensuring a faster delivery."
Jefo is focused on increasing sales to reach $1bn CAD in revenue by 2025, said Jean-Francois Fontaine, vice president of the Jefo Group.
The new feed manufacturing facility is one step in the progress of reaching that goal as it supports the company’s growth, increases total production capacity and “reduce the risk of producing in a single facility.”
“The new production process reduces production time, resulting in more efficacy,” the spokesperson said. “The new plant will also be equipped with new state-of-the-art production tools to suit the pharma industry standards.”
Feed facility overview
The 200,000-square foot facility is set to house two production lines, the company said. It will be located in the Théo-Phénix Industrial Park.
Space for the building was acquired in 2018 and it was selected for its proximity to other company facilities, Jefo said.
Currently, the group has a transportation company, warehouses, research facilities focused on poultry nutrition, a transshipment site and a production plant in the region.
Additionally, the Jefo Campus and group headquarters are in the area, the company said.
The manufacturing plant will have large production lines focused on high volume generation, the spokesperson said. The facility is set to produce a variety of products.
In addition to the production lines, the new site will include a high capacity mixing line dedicated to working with enzyme blends and it will add to the company’s bagging capacity, she said.
Jefo’s current feed production facility has four production lines and has the ability to generate more than 5,000 tons of feed additives on an annual basis, the company said.
“The two new product lines will enable us to double our current production capacity annually,” the spokesperson added.
The new location also is set to have the ability to house up to six production lines eventually, the company said. When complete, the site will add 20 jobs and is anticipated to add an additional 40 in the future.