Obwalden slaughterhouse celebrates groundbreaking ceremony

Fleischhuis is building a new abattoir in Kerns in the canton of Obwalden. This is intended to replace the cooperative’s old slaughterhouse in Sarnen. The first spades have now broken ground in this construction project, which comes at an estimated cost of 9 million Swiss francs.

Fleischhuis is investing in Kerns.
Fleischhuis is investing in Kerns. Image credit: Roland Zumbuehl, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

On August 17, Genossenschaft Fleischhuis, a cooperative slaughterhouse and processing plant, celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its new abattoir in Kerns. There were no problems with obtaining a construction permit, explains André Windlin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, in a report published by the “Luzerner Zeitung” newspaper. “After we had to overcome several, occasionally unexpected, hurdles, we can celebrate a happy event today with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fleischhuis building”, Windlin comments in the report.

The new building consists of a slaughterhouse on the ground floor, with offices, lounges and commercial spaces located on the upper floor and two apartments on the top floor. Construction is expected to take around 18 months, with the estimated costs coming in at around 9 million Swiss francs.

The abattoir located at Industriestrasse 12 in Kerns is intended to replace the old Fleischhuis slaughterhouse in Sarnen, also in the canton of Obwalden. The structure and facilities available at the slaughterhouse Ei are now outdated, with the building now having also reached the limits of its capacities, the report explains. At the new abattoir, the cooperative, which has now grown to 400 members, will have at its disposal modern infrastructure with perfect cooling facilities and vacuuming devices. Around 4,000 slaughters are planned every year at the new building.

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