Maple Leaf Foods has announced it will build a $660 million fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario, Canada.

Construction is expected to begin on the 640,000-sq.-ft. facility in spring of 2019, with a targeted start-up date of the second quarter of 2021. Hixson Architecture & Engineering will serve as the lead firm to design and engineer the facility, while Ontario-based WalterFedy will collaborate on architecture and engineering services in Canada.

The new facility “will enable Maple Leaf to meet the steadily growing consumer demand for premium, value-added poultry products, and strengthen Canada's food system," says Michael H. McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods. In addition, says McCain, this will be “the largest single-site investment ever made in the Canadian food sector.”

 “For 70 years, Hixson has been working with companies throughout North America to design and engineer facilities that can stand the test of time while meeting our clients’ needs for food safety, employee safety, and productivity,” says Greg Hammond, President and CEO of Hixson. “We are proud to have been selected by Maple Leaf Foods to design this historic project.”

“We are excited to be partnering with an organization like Hixson,” says Paul Reitzel, CEO of WalterFedy. “They have a long history of doing excellent work in the food industry. Our firms have the same commitment to values and talented professionals that deliver meaningful and functional projects to our clients.”

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