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Strengthening Ontario's Hog Industry

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Strengthening Ontario's Hog Industry

McGuinty Government Supports Local Food Processors, Creates Jobs

A Perth County food processor is improving its processing facility in Mitchell to increase pork production and expand market opportunities.

Great Lakes Specialty Meats is purchasing new equipment, increasing refrigeration capacity, and providing specialized training for employees. These changes will help the plant deliver high-quality pork products to new domestic and international markets. It also means the company will be able to increase its production from 5,000 to 15,000 hogs per week.

Ontario is investing $2 million in this partnership that will create up to 160 new jobs, retain more than 80 positions, support local hog farmers and strengthen Perth County. A strong agri-food industry is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's food processing industry was the third largest employer of its kind in North America in 2008. The industry generated $32.3 billion in revenue from goods manufactured in Ontario in 2007.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested nearly $103 million in 282 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $771 million in new economic activity.

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“The demand for Ontario pork is growing every day. Great Lakes Specialty Meats is a vital contributor to our province's agri-food sector, our growing workforce, and will build a brighter future for the families of Perth County.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Perth County families will benefit from the expansion of our local Great Lakes Specialty Meats processing plant. A vibrant pork industry, supported by local processors is key to a vibrant rural Ontario.”

John Wilkinson

Member of Provincial Parliament for Perth-Wellington

“Improving the production capabilities at Great Lakes Specialty Meats will make us more competitive and help us supply the increasing demand for value-added pork products, domestically and internationally. This will ultimately mean more jobs for people in the Mitchell area.”

David Schwartz

President of Great Lakes Specialty Meats of Canada Inc.

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