The investment, through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, will help create 10 new jobs and secure 115 existing jobs in Bobcaygeon.
Premier Kathleen Wynne attended the renowned dairy on Monday, August 2nd, to announce the province’s support for a new state-of-the-art refrigeration facility. The support will help the family-owned company continue to ensure consistent quality and explore new product lines, so it can expand its domestic and export markets.
Ontario is investing $311,200 in the project, in addition to a $100,000 grant from the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, over 2015-2017. Kawartha Dairy is funding the remaining costs for the project which total $10 million. The expansion is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.
“We are pleased to receive funding from the Ontario government on this project,” says Blake Frazer, Vice President and General Manager of Kawartha Dairy Limited. “Our new state-of-the-art refrigerated and frozen distribution facility in Bobcaygeon will help take our company to the next level. We also now have the capacity to offer refrigerated storage to other local businesses. By this time next year, we plan to open our tenth retail store.”
Kawartha Dairy makes all of its products using fresh milk from Ontario farms, and is an important employer in the Kawartha Lakes.
“This is good news for Kawartha Dairy, for Kawartha Lakes and for everyone who enjoys the product we are proud to say is produced here in our own community,” says Mayor Andy Letham.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the province for investing in Kawartha Lakes.”
Rebecca Mustard, Manager of Economic Development, says “it’s great to see Kawartha Dairy expanding. They are an important employer in our community and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the entire Kawartha Lakes economy.”
Kawartha Dairy sells products such as ice cream, milk and butter through its nine retail stores. It also supplies a wide range of retailers, restaurants and large grocery chains including: Loblaws, Sobeys, Wal-Mart, Costco, Metro and Longos.
“Kawartha Dairy is a wonderful Ontario success story. Our support for this major expansion project will help the company build on its success and create new jobs in the food processing sector, one of Ontario’s most important employers,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne.