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Supporting Turkey Industry In Huron County

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Supporting Turkey Industry In Huron County

McGuinty Government Supports Local Food Processors, Creates and Supports 66 Jobs

A local food processor in Dashwood is increasing its production of Ontario turkey products to meet growing demand, create jobs and support local farmers.

Through the Rural Economic Development Program, Hayter's Turkey Products Inc. is renovating its existing facility to improve production capacity. The company will also expand its retail store and establish a test kitchen to develop new, healthy turkey products.

Together, these improvements are expected to help triple sales, create up to 6 jobs and retain more than 60 positions that will help boost the local economy.

A strong agri-food industry is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing close to $350,000 in Hayter's Turkey Products through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • In 2008, Ontario's food processing industry was the third-largest employer of its kind in North America.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $120 million in 311 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program, generating more than $1 billion in new economic activity.

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“Hayter's Turkey Products is important to our agri-food sector and important to our local economy here in Huron-Bruce. By helping rural abattoirs and meat plants like Hayter's grow and expand their business, we're creating jobs, supporting farmers, and investing in high-quality local food in our community.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP for Huron-Bruce

“Modernizing and expanding our production capacity will make Hayter's Turkey Products more competitive - that means meeting growing demand for our Ontario turkey products, retaining and creating jobs, and allowing us to continue to support farmers and other related industries. This investment will help improve the lives of people in the Dashwood area for years to come.”

Sean Maguire

Manager, Hayter's Turkey Products Inc.

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