WINDOM, MINN. — HyLife Ltd., a pork company based in La Broquerie, Manitoba, announced on April 10 that it intends to sell its processing plant in Windom, Minn.

The Canadian producer expanded into the United States with the purchase of the Windom plant in 2020. At the time, HyLife partnered with Taylor Corp. to purchase a 75% share of the business, known as Prime Pork, which processed around 1.2 million hogs annually and employed 660 team members.

HyLife bought the plant with the goal of turning operations around, according to Grant Lazaruk, president and chief executive officer of HyLife.

“Our vision, investments and strong community involvement are a testament that we intended to be here for the long run,” he said.

However, unprecedented challenges like inflation, high grain costs and exchange rates negatively affected the business, leading the company to opt for selling the facility.

“This means we intend to continue producing high-quality products while this sales process plays out,” Lazaruk said. “We want to sincerely thank our team. This is an extremely hard week, and we are unquestionably sad. We are doing our best to share the information we currently have.”