Valued at approximately $25 million, the facilities in Sherbrooke’s regional industrial park will cover an area of more than 15,800 square meters (170,000 square feet).
The goal is to centralize operations in this future two-story building, which will include administrative offices, three production lines and employee facilities, including a full gym, a break room, a state-of-the-art cafeteria and air conditioning.
“We’ve been thinking about building a new headquarters for a while now. We’re really excited to have taken the first step,” explains Jean-Bernard Gagnon, vice-president of the company. “We really want to focus on the quality of life of our employees with the new site.”
The initiative reflects a concern for the working conditions of the entire Cuisine Idéale team. With the pandemic and its effects on psychological health, the management hopes that the announcement of a move to a larger and completely renovated space will raise the morale of all.
All these changes are also motivated by the resurgence of the market. Cuisine Idéale operates in both Canada and the United States, where demand is quite strong.
“With its major expansion and consolidation project, Cuisine Idéale will accelerate its transition to Industry 4.0, which has been underway for several years, to gain in productivity and competitiveness in a highly competitive market. The family business is an inspiring example of sustainability in Sherbrooke’s manufacturing sector,” said Nathalie Prince, Director – Business Services of the Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing cluster at Sherbrooke Innopole.