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Salvadorian Workers Celebrate One Year Anniversary at Brandon Facility

Workers welcome new lifestyle and benefits that come with working in Canada

BRANDON, MB, December 4, 2003 – Maple Leaf Pork recognized 43 foreign workers from El Salvador earlier this week on their first year of work at the Brandon plant.  The 43 workers arrived as part of a group of 44 employees from El Salvador on December 2nd, 2002 to begin work at the Brandon plant.

“We’re extremely proud of these employees and congratulate them on achieving this significant milestone.  They’ve settled into their new jobs at the plant and display an impressive work ethic,” said Steve LeBlanc, Human Resources Director of Maple Leaf Pork, Manitoba. “The Salvadorians have shown themselves to be outstanding ambassadors not just for Maple Leaf but also in representing their country in the local community.”

The workforce at Maple Leaf Pork is multicultural and representative of local demographics and national trends.  Of the approximately 1,300 people employed at Maple Leaf Pork, over 75% come from the Brandon area, 29% are aboriginal and approximately five per cent are foreign workers, predominantly from Mexico and El Salvador.   Of the 43 from El Salvador that remain at the plant, 40 have applied for permanent resident status.

“It’s been a great first year in Brandon. On behalf of all the Salvadorian workers at Maple Leaf Pork, I’d like to thank everyone in the local community who has reached out to us and our families and made us feel very welcome,” said Ricardo Alvarez, one of the workers. “We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished to date and we’re looking forward to putting down our roots in Brandon upon obtaining our landed status.”

Maple Leaf Pork is a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs more than 18,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia.