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Mildmay Town Crier, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - PAGE 11

Gay Lea Foods And Green’s Receive Timely Grants Two district food processors were presented with Ontario Government Grants this past Friday, April 15th, 2011 that will certainly help the area BIG TIME!!! Huron-Bruce MPP, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Carol Mitchell personally made the announcements to Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative (in Teeswater) and to Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir Ltd. (Wingham). Through the Rural Economic Development Program Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative will be improving and expanding its production of milk products to be used in infant formula, protein bars and nutritional beverages. This will help the company to expand into new markets and increase annual revenues by $25 million. They will be able to retain fifty jobs and create twenty new jobs and source fifty-million additional litres of milk per year from Ontario farmers. As a result of the plant’s increased production, Gay Lea Foods will also become the exclusive supplier for Chapman’s Ice Cream creating a dynamic partnership between two major food processors in the region. The McGuinty Government is investing $984,342 towards this project .

Carol Mitchell (centre) had fantastic news last Friday, April 15th for Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd in Teeswater and Green’s Meat Market & Abattoir Ltd in Wingham. Both companies received Rural Economic Development Program Grants from the Ontario Government. Welcoming Mrs. Mitchell were (left to right) Michael Barrett (Chief Operational Officer for Gay Lea); Mark Hamel (Chairman of Gay Lea’s Board of Directors); South Bruce Mayor Bill Goetz and Dick Ireland (Gay Lea Plant Manager.) ~Mildmay Town Crier Photo Carol Mitchell told the audience that “our government’s support for this expansion project

will create jobs in the community and support local farmers. The investment will help grow

demand for Ontario food and strengthen over local economy for many years to come.”

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Mark Hamel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd. told the gathering “this grant will allow Gay Lea Foods to expand into global markets, leverage emerging technology and revitalize the Teeswater facility for the benefit of the local community . Gay Lea Foods has a strong rural heritage and it’s proud of the opportunities the Rural Economic Development program is creating in rural Ontario.” Mayor of South Bruce Bill Goetz added “Gay Lea is an important part of our community, both economically and historically and this Rural Economic Development grant from the Province and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will help keep Gay Lea a part of the community for years to come”. Michael Barrett, Chief Operational Officer for Gay Lea Foods Mississauga acted as the Master of Ceremonies for this special occasion and called upon Peter Angst from Lucknow and Dick Ireland, Plant Manager for a few words plus welcoming some of the workers, guests and store staff to hear the good news. Green’s Meat Market Also on Friday, April 15th, 2011 the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce dropped into Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir Ltd (Wingham) and announced that the Ontario Government was investing $128,250 via the Rural Economic Development Program and as such Greens will upgrade its existing facility, install new equipment and build more storage and freezer space. Through these efforts the Company will increase production capacity, strengthen its food safety program, increase sales and expand the customer base for its line of pork and beef products. These improvements are also expected to create up to four jobs and retain more than fourteen present positions. Kevin Green, President of Green’s Meat Market told those present that this year, 2011 marks . . . . continued on page 19


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