The new project, the Company’s second in the state, will receive R$ 180 million in investments and create approximately 400 jobs
BRF, one of the largest food companies in the world, announced on Tuesday the construction of its 36th plant in Brazil. The project, which will be built in the city of Seropédica in Rio de Janeiro, will receive investments of R$180 million, which are already included in the Company's macro investment plan of R$1.85 billion for 2015.
The announcement was made at Guanabara Palace, the seat of the state government of Rio de Janeiro, in the presence of the Global CEO of BRF, Pedro Faria, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão, local officials and BRF executives. “Despite the extremely challenging economic scenario, we identified an excellent opportunity in Rio de Janeiro,” said Mr. Faria.
“Working in partnership is the best way to overcome difficult times. Rio provides an attractive environment for new investments and thus we are able to generate income and employment. The new BRF plant in Seropédica is the result of this union between private initiative and the state government,” said Governor Pezão.
The new BRF plant will occupy a site of more than 11,000 m2. This will be the company’s first plant built according to the concepts of the Lean philosophy, which calls for management focused on reducing waste, including waiting times, overproduction, transportation, overprocessing, inventory, motion and defects.
This will also be the Company’s first plant to use 100% indirect refrigeration, that is, without the presence of ammonia inside the plant. The plant will also capture rainwater, which can reduce water abstraction by up to 25%. Furthermore, the plant will use a pyrolysis system to treat waste (co-generation of thermal energy).