Canola Processor To Pump $15-Million Into Its Local Plant
Lethbridge: There's more economic investment money headed to Lethbridge.
International confirms it's pouring $15-million into expansion and up-grades
to its canola oil processing plant in the city, which produces the Canola
Harvest brand of products. For those who are unfamiliar, that's the former
Canbra Foods plant.
The plant will increase in size by 40-per cent, or 33,000 square feet, for
added warehouse space and bulk oil storage. While the up-grades won't impact the
oil crushing procedure, they will fully automate oil receiving and blending.
Richardson will also construction a new $1.5 million lab facility which
will take the place of several smaller labs on site. The lab and a pilot plant
with continue research and development work.
Vice President of Richardson Nutrition, John Haen, told Country 95 News that
trans fat legislation in North America and the lack of trans fat compliant
products have contributed to an increased demand for new and healthier
products. As to why the Lethbridge plant was chosen for the expansion and new
lab, Haen stated, "It's where we have a lot of people involved in the canola
business for a long time -- there's a lot of what I call canola intelligence
from people who've worked at the Lethbridge Richardson/Canbra plant for a long
time". He said, "It just made the most sense".
Construction for the expansion and the new lab should begin in April with
completion by February of 2012.
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12/9/2013 6:21:55 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News