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Opening of Thunder Creek Pork: Expectations

by 5m Editor
7 December 2010, at 9:17am

CANADA - The mayor of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, says the re-establishment of federally inspected pork processing in Saskatchewan will mean the creation of new jobs and economic activity, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Last week the federal government announced a 1.7 million dollar investment to support Langley, B.C. based Donald's Fine Foods in reestablishing federally inspected hog slaughtering capacity in Saskatchewan.

The newly renovated Thunder Creek Pork plant in Moose Jaw is expected to be in operation in early January.

Moose Jaw mayor Glenn Hagel says the significance for the local economy is found in the jobs that will be created and in the sale of hogs to the plant.

Glenn Hagel-Mayor of Moose Jaw

Directly the Thunder Creek Pork folks are talking about getting operating right early in January then with in excess of 200 jobs that will be there in January.

Those are direct jobs.

Indirectly there will be jobs, the obvious will be those that relate to the pork producers themselves and then the trucking industry.

Then of course when you have a mass of 200 jobs being created then there's all of the spin-off in the service industry.

People purchasing goods and services, they're just part of day to day life so all of that is good news for the city.

It's particularly appreciated I think at this time of year.

What it really means in personal terms is that there is going to be some couple of hundred homes in Moose jaw and area that are going to be enjoying Christmas a little bit more than they otherwise might because they know they're heading to a good job with a company that's got a good reputation and that seems to have a pretty strong future ahead.


Mr Hagel notes Donald's Fine Foods is a company of long standing good reputation with firm markets.

He says the Thunder Creek Pork plant will be opening with markets already in place so it's good news for the province's hog producers and it's good news for those people who will be looking to work at the plant.