HyLife co-founder Paul Vielfaure, 59

Funeral arrangements are pending for one of the founding brothers behind Prairie hog production and pork processing firm HyLife.

Paul Vielfaure died suddenly Nov. 23 at age 59, his family reported in a brief obituary in Winnipeg and Steinbach newspapers this week.

Radio-Canada reported Tuesday that Vielfaure had died in Phoenix, Arizona. While Vielfaure was known to have lived with multiple sclerosis for over 20 years, the French-language public broadcaster said his death was “not attributable” to MS.

Vielfaure, his brothers Denis and Claude and partner Don Janzen launched the hog production company then known as VL4/Janzen, based at La Broquerie, Man., east of Steinbach, in 1994.

Paul Vielfaure retired nine years later from the company, and from his position as a delegate to the Manitoba Pork Council.

By 2008 VL4 had changed its name to Hytek, taken on new partners Grant Lazaruk and Henry Van de Velde and purchased the Springhill Farms pork processing plant at Neepawa, Man., about 75 km northeast of Brandon.

The hog company, which rebranded as HyLife in 2011 and remains headquartered at La Broquerie, today produces over 1.4 million hogs per year and has expanded its hog production business into the U.S. and China.

HyLife’s Neepawa packing plant doubled its processing capacity and now handles about 6,500 hogs per day, supplying pork to domestic and export markets. — AGCanada.com Network

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