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Perth County Meat Processor Expands

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Perth County Meat Processor Expands

McGuinty Government Supports Ontario Agri-Food Industry

A local meat processor is expanding and renovating its facilities to increase production, meet customer demand and compete successfully.

With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Walnut Hill Farm, a seventh-generation business providing specialty beef and pork products to Ontario restaurants, butcher shops and retailers, will:

  • double its production capacity
  • double its annual sales to $1.3 million
  • renovate its facility and expand its production line, smoke house and curing capacity
  • create more opportunities for local farmers

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

Quick Facts

  • 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. In 2009, the industry generated more than $33 billion in revenue in Ontario.
  • Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.

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“We're helping small, local abattoirs modernize and expand their facilities to do better business, access bigger markets, and grow local economies right across the province - and that means more opportunities for local farmers and support for hard working families in rural Ontario.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“We're proud to be investing in small, local abattoirs and meat plants such as Walnut Hill Farm, who provide us with fresh, local, quality meats we all enjoy. By giving our small meat processors the tools they need to succeed and grow, we're strengthening Ontario's agri-food industry and growing our economy.”

John Wilkinson

MPP for Perth-Wellington

“This investment will make Walnut Hill Farm more competitive, plain and simple. With modernized processing equipment, we can meet growing demand for our products while supporting local farmers. This is a win for Walnut Hill and Perth County.”

John Koch

Owner, Walnut Hill Farm Inc.

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