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Ontario Supporting Meat Industry

McGuinty Government Supports Local Food Processors, Creates Jobs

A Huron County food processor is increasing production of beef, lamb, pork and poultry products in Hensall to meet increasing demand, create jobs and support local farmers.

Through support from the Rural Economic Development Program, Metzger Meats is expanding and modernizing its plant by adding additional smoke houses and cookhouses. The company will also modernize its production management system to improve both the productivity and efficiency of the plant.  These improvements will increase smokehouse and ready-to-eat meat production by 400 per cent. 

This investment will also create up to 10 news jobs and retain more than 18 positions.

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 is investing $350,000 through the Rural Economic Development Program in the expansion of Metzger Meats Products.
  • In total, Ontario will provide up to $1.5 million to help small and medium-sized rural abattoirs and meat plants grow their businesses and access new markets.
  • 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 $104 million in 285 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $781 million in new economic activity.

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“Metzger Meats is an important contributor to our agri-food sector. By helping small and medium-sized rural abattoirs and meat plants like Metzger Meats grow their businesses and access new markets, we're creating new jobs, supporting farmers, investing in local foods and helping to build a brighter future for the families of Huron County.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Expanding and modernizing our production capabilities will make Metzger Meats more competitive and help us supply the increasing demand for meat products in Ontario. This will also allow us to continue to support local farms and create more jobs for the people in the Hensall area.”

Gerhard Metzger

President of Metzger Meats Products

“The investment announced today by the Ontario government and this family owned and operated business clearly demonstrates the growth opportunities for Ontario's provincially licensed abattoirs and free standing meat processing facilities.”

Laurie Nichol

Executive Director of the Ontario Independent Meat Processors

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