HUMBOLDT, SK, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel L.P. today announced the acquisition of Pinnacle Farms Inc., a major hog producer located just east of Calgary, near Strathmore, Alberta. Olymel becomes the owner of all inventory and will now take over management of Pinnacle Farms operations. Pinnacle employs 30 persons who will now join the Olymel workforce. The transaction amount was not disclosed. The assets acquired by Olymel today include a quarantine barn, sow barns, nursery barns and finishing barns. In addition to these Pinnacle facilities, Olymel will lease finishing farms near Medicine Hat, Alberta. "Olymel is pleased to welcome the employees of Pinnacle Farms into its family. Their experience will be invaluable to Olymel, which receives a boost to its hog production operations in Western Canada. I would like to thank Ron Arnason, President of Pinnacle Farms, and Verus Management, Pinnacle's partner with which we have had business relationships for many years and which established the climate of trust that led to this transaction. This addition in our pork sector should support the target Olymel has set for 2020 : to produce more than 1.5 million hogs annually in Western Canada in order to meet the growing demand from its customers," noted Olymel L.P. President and CEO Réjean Nadeau. This acquisition will bring the number of sows available to Olymel in the West to 52,000. The transaction will also make it possible to deliver 100,000 more hogs annually to the Olymel processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta, whereas these pigs were previously sold as iso-weans and feeders to other buyers in Alberta and the United States. The Olymel pork processing plant in Red Deer has more than 1,540 employees. To turn the additional pigs into market hogs, Olymel will require 30,000 contract finishing spaces through new or existing capacity in Alberta.