Maple Lodge Farms’ (MLF) has announced an $8 million expansion to its hatchery in Port Hope. The investment will extend the hatchery by 22,825 square feet to a total of 56,000 square feet and include state-of-the-art incubation equipment.
When complete, the expansion will double the hatchery’s capacity to 48 million chicks annually. In addition to upgrading service to Southern Ontario farmers and the Ontario poultry industry, the expanded operations will also offer new job opportunities for the Port Hope community.
The hatchery is led by veterinarian and general manager Dr. Rachel Ouckama, who has been with the company for 33 years. She was instrumental in developing the expansion proposal and will oversee the project.
“We are committed to the province’s chicken farmers and the Ontario hatching egg and poultry industry,” said 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.”