A $ 45 million dog and cat food plant in Drummondville
A dry dog and cat food manufacturing plant is under construction in Drummondville. This is a nearly $ 45 million project that will help create more than 50 new jobs in the next five years.
TheInovo Group, a family-owned poultry company, and the Legault Group, a family-owned company that owns the Mondou chain of pet stores, unite to create Jupiter.
The plant will be on the cutting edge of technology, we promise. In addition to the Inovo Group and the Legault Group, this major project is also supported financially by Canada Economic Development (CED) for the Quebec regions, Investissement Québec and Desjardins.
The plant will be located on Highway 139 in the Drummondville Industrial Park, near Highways 55 and 20. This site was chosen to allow the mill to be more agile in its exports to the United States.
The plant will have an area of 11,311 square meters (121,760 square feet) on a lot of 72,879 square meters (784,465 square feet). Construction began in July and will take approximately 18 months to open in early 2021.
“Our two family businesses have always stood out because of our sense of innovation, our drive and our desire for diversification. We decided to put our vision and our forces together in the Jupiter project to put forward the highest standards of quality and food safety in the industry, “says Jean-Philippe Désilets, director Groupe Inovo, and Jules Legault, co-owner of Groupe Legault.
“As we share the same values, the well-being of our employees, our customers and their animals is always at the heart of our business and the Jupiter plant is a natural fit. ”
The Quebec government is providing more than $ 12 million for the construction of the plant, announced Minister of the Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon. To support this project, the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI) is providing a $ 5 million loan through the ESSOR program, while Investissement Québec (IQ) is providing, from its own funds, a loan of $ 7 million.
Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED, is providing a $ 2 million repayable contribution to the project.
Established in 2016, Jupiter Animal Feed is a company owned equally by Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault. Groupe Inovo wants to diversify its activities, while Groupe Legault needs additional pet food supply capacity. The two companies are joining forces in the joint venture to take advantage of current opportunities, both in the Canadian and American markets, in the field of quality pet food, a press release said in a press release .