New Food Processor Moves To Chatham-Kent
McGuinty Government Supports Agri-Food Industry, Creates Good Jobs
A new corn processing facility in Chatham will create 13 new jobs, strengthen Ontario's agri-food sector and support local farmers.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Dover Corn Products Ltd. will renovate a former sugar processing plant into a new corn processing facility. The updated facility will use state-of-the-art equipment to produce high-end corn products, helping the company to expand its business and:
- generate over $5.9 million worth of sales in the first year of operation
- source up to 6,000 acres of corn from local farmers
- provide other Ontario food processors with home-grown, high-quality corn products
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.
- Ontario is investing $299,612 in this project through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Ontario has invested over $154 million in 383 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1.1 billion in new economic activity.
- In April, Ontario had an increase of 56,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.
“By investing in new food processing facilities, we are strengthening our agri-food industry and growing our province's economy. The McGuinty government's support for this project will not only create jobs, but it will provide new opportunities for farmers and support local foods.”
“Our government's support for this new food processing facility will bring 13 new jobs to Chatham and help diversify our local economy. I know this investment will benefit our community for years to come.”
“This project will benefit all of Chatham-Kent with new marketing opportunities for farmers and additional employment in Chatham as well. Today's investment builds on the record we are establishing to bring growth and stable jobs to rural Ontario.”
Maria Van Bommel
“Thanks to the Government of Ontario's support for this project, we are expanding the market for Ontario corn products. As a result, we're creating new jobs for area families, buying more corn from Ontario farmers and stimulating the economy here in Chatham-Kent.”