$1M to help with St. Albert cheese factory rebuild

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CORNWALL, Ontario - The rebuild of the St. Albert cheese factory got a major boost from Queen's Park Monday with a cash infusion of $1 million.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement while touring the site of the cheese co-operative north of Cornwall that was destroyed by fire a little more than a year ago.

A new state-of-the-art factory is being built that will employ 110.

"St. Albert Cheese has been a cornerstone of this community for the past 120 years, and I’m proud to support this important project," said Wynne. "Through hard work and determination, I know St. Albert will once again be a vital part of the region’s economy and provide good jobs for local families."

The provincial money will help the co-operative purchase equipment and establish a computerized production line for their new facility.

The new cheese factory will process 50 million litres of local milk a year, create 10 new jobs and support the more than 100 jobs that were displaced as a result of the fire. At 76,000 square feet, the building will be 30 per cent larger and will feature a manufacturing plant, an observation deck for visitors, a retail store and a restaurant.

"St. Albert Cheese is such an important part of our community, and with government support we will be able to bring back jobs and economic opportunities to the region," said glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack. "This investment is not only good for the company, but for Ontario’s agri-food sector as a whole."

The provincial grant was welcomed by management at the cheese factory.

"Last year was a tough year for the co-op, and we were devastated when we lost everything in the fire," said Eric Lafontaine, the director at the cheese factory. "Support from the Government of Ontario will help us become a more successful facility, keeping local jobs in our community."

St. Albert Cheese has been a dairy-farmer cheese-making co-operative since 1894. The co-operative now has 40 members and represents 23 dairy farms.

Organizations: Queen's

Geographic location: Ontario, CORNWALL

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  • Albert O'Connell
    March 10, 2014 - 18:31

    What hypocrisy! We now know that a provincial election is looming just around the corner. I am very glad that St Albert Cheese got the million dollars but we all know that Liberal MPP Grant Crack barely got in during the last election. This is just plain vote buying. I hope voters are going to remember all the scandals and all our tax dollars that they have squandered for the last ten years.