Written by Daryl Braun/Kevin Geisheimer, steinbachonline.com
HyLife™ of La Broquerie has been named Outstanding Large Business of the Year by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce at a ceremony Thursday night in Winnipeg.
“It was surprising and very exciting,” explains Hylife’s™ President Don Janzen. “We’ve been involved in other things like this, but have never received a business award of this nature.”
The Chambers noted HyLife’s™ key to success is its ability to turn challenges into opportunities with a dedicated, determined and innovative management team.
“I think there have been a lot of challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities,” Janzen said about how his team has overcome the ups and downs of the hog market. “I think we have an excellent management team that really sees these opportunities and are highly motivated to get these things done that are sitting in front of us.”
HyLife™ started in September 1995 with headquarters in La Broquerie. It also has operations across southern and western Manitoba and a plant in Neepawa. HyLife™ is a vertically integrated pork production operation that has expanded from commercial production to being fully integrated from farm to fork with 1500 employees.
Chabot Implements of Portage la Prairie, which has an outlet here in Steinbach, received the Long Term Achievement Business Award. Chabot is Manitoba’s oldest family owned and operated Case IH equipment dealer. The Chambers noted its goals of providing excellent customer service and excellent career opportunities.
Chabot Implements was started in 1935 by Charlie Chabot and has grown to four locations in Manitoba namely Portage, Steinbach, Elie and Neepawa. Chabot currently employs 80 people at its four locations.