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Lethbridge:  There's more economic investment money headed to Lethbridge.

   Richardson 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 4/18/2014 6:21:55 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News
 
 
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