In 1994 in Southeast Manitoba, three Vielfaure brothers (Paul, Denis and Claude) and Don Janzen joined resources to fulfill a common vision: create the most efficient, integrated operating structure for the production of hogs.
Opportunities for Growth
Their company, VL4/Janzen, worked towards self-sufficiency and other opportunities by building or purchasing its own feed mills and vet services division. They expanded their pork production in Canada and the U.S. and, in 2008, ventured into China. VL4/Janzen created a distribution center for central buying of products used throughout the system, established a nutrient management company and maintenance division, started purchasing all feed ingredients in-house and began their own transportation division. Additional measures have been adopted or created over the years to form an efficient, forward-looking company.
As the company expanded, Grant Lazaruk joined as a partner. While the company then became known as Hytek, the focus remained on efficient hog and meat production, finding new opportunities of growth and creating value-added partnerships. In 2008, the processing plant known as Springhill Farms in Neepawa, Manitoba was purchased (www.hylife.com), which processes all commercial stock into pork products sold around the globe.
Farm to Fork
The company’s evolution into a ‘farm-to-fork’ food company provided the opportunity to re-brand the organization. In 2011, Hytek changed its name to HyLife which signifies the company’s promise to provide high quality food while retaining the values that made them successful. The new logo represents an integrated business brand that begins with a trusted food source and results in a premium pork product on your plate.
While HyLife has grown into a global company, with facilities across North America, China, Mexico and beyond, the company headquarters remain in Southeast Manitoba. HyLife wears its homegrown principles with pride, as demonstrated in living up to the values that are the cornerstones of our business. The management and staff believe deeply in giving back to the communities in which we do business.