St. Albert Cheese modernizes operations
McGuinty Government Partners With Business To Create Jobs
Ontario is supporting businesses that will attract investment and create jobs in Eastern Ontario.
The St. Albert Cheese Co-operative will receive $1.3 million under the $80 million, four-year Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF). The grant will allow St. Albert Cheese to upgrade 26 jobs and create 10 new jobs over five years, as well as invest in new production technologies and enhance its competitiveness. Expanded production will help the company grow to serve larger regional markets, including Toronto.
The EODF is part of the government's five-point economic plan.
- St. Albert Cheese is the largest employer in the Nation Municipality. Five generations of farmers and craftsmen have faithfully lived up to the St. Albert tradition of quality established by its founders in 1894.
- For the purpose of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, Eastern Ontario comprises 13 counties and rural areas within the City of Ottawa . It consists of 200-plus communities and thousands of businesses. Approximately 99.8 per cent of these businesses, excluding Ottawa, are small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
- In 2005, Eastern Ontario's GDP was nearly $58 billion, representing 16 per cent of the provincial total.
“This great St. Albert company is modernizing the way they do business. Through the support from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, St. Albert Cheese will be able to enhance their competitiveness and serve even larger regional markets.”
“Eastern Ontario has the resources, the skills and the creativity to contribute to Ontario's economy, and smaller businesses like St. Albert Cheese add value to the region's economic competitiveness and diversity.”
“We do our best to keep up with the competition, industry trends and best practices in business management. The government's grant will help us modernize our operations and streamline our processes for greater employee retention and productivity.”