Premier Welcomes Kellogg Company's Investment In Belleville
New Facility Will Create Jobs, Strengthen Ontario's Prosperity
Premier Dalton McGuinty helped break ground today on Kellogg's new facility in Belleville, which will boost the local economy and strengthen Ontario's prosperity by attracting new investment and jobs.
"Today's announcement is great news for families in Belleville and throughout the province," said Premier McGuinty. "Our highly skilled and educated workforce continues to attract jobs and investment from world-class companies like Kellogg, which helps create opportunity for all Ontario families."
The plant, which will initially employ about 100 people, is scheduled to be operational in the fall of 2007 . It's the first cereal manufacturing plant that Kellogg has built in North America in almost 20 years. Kellogg also operates a plant in London, Ontario.
"This will help boost the local economy and provide great opportunities for people in this area," said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Leona Dombrowsky. "By deciding to locate here, Kellogg has shown, once again, that Ontario is an excellent place for food companies to invest."
"The Belleville site was the right choice for a number of reasons including convenient transportation routes, total cost to manufacture and the welcome we've received from the City of Belleville, the Bay of Quinte Region and the Province of Ontario ," said Jeff Montie, president, Kellogg North America. "We'd like to thank the City, Region and Province for their cooperative spirit and outstanding partnership with Kellogg."
"This Kellogg investment is a vote of confidence in Ontario's economy," said Economic Development and Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello. "Our future ability to compete and succeed in the global marketplace depends on being able to attract and retain innovative companies like Kellogg."
Supporting infrastructure and economic development is just one way the McGuinty government is working on the side of businesses and families to strengthen Ontario's economy and build prosperity.
Other initiatives include:
- Encouraging strong job creation, with over 254,000 net new jobs since taking office
- Creating the Ministry of Research and Innovation to help support the discovery, funding and marketing of new ideas and technologies
- Launching a five-year, $30-billion infrastructure plan
- Helping to generate over $7 billion in automotive investments that retain and create thousands of long-term, high-value jobs.
"Ontario has the people, talent and commitment to be a leader in the 21st century global economy," said Premier McGuinty. "We're going to continue to work on the side of families by attracting investment and ensuring Ontario remains one of the most competitive places in the world."