New Food Processing Plant Creating Jobs In Durham
McGuinty Government Supports Local Agri-Food Industry, Creates 80 New Jobs
Ontario's leading fresh mushroom producer is expanding its facility and creating 80 new jobs to increase sales, stay competitive and meet growing demand.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program (RED), Greenwood Mushroom Farm in Ashburn will:
- build a 115,000-square-foot facility to produce and process new mushroom products
- increase production by 8-10 million pounds
- increase sales by up to $15 million annually
- reduce production costs
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that strengthen the province's economy.
- Ontario's food processing industry is the province's second largest manufacturer and was the third-largest employer of its kind in North America in 2008. The industry generated more than $33 billion in revenue in 2009.
- Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.
“The McGuinty government's support for this project is expanding the market for Greenwood Mushroom Farm and contributing to the success of Ontario's agri-food industry. By helping our quality food processors grow their business, we are strengthening our province's economy and creating jobs for Ontario families.”
“Greenwood Mushroom Farm welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Rural Economic Development Program to implement a project that will assist in sustaining development within rural Ontario and provide the infrastructure to support future growth and significant job creation in the short term. Demand for our locally grown mushroom products marketed under the Windmill Farms brand has seen significant growth over the past several years. This project will provide the platform for continued growth and success in terms of production and processing capabilities.”