LONDON, Ont.—On Mar. 2 Nestlé Canada Inc. announced plans for a $51.5 million expansion to increase production capabilities at its London, Ont. ice cream factory.
The factory will increase in size by 9,000 square feet to create more capacity for Hӓagen-Dazs and other products. Groundwork has already started and the expansion is expected to be finished in early 2019.
Nestlé says the factory, which supplies all of Canada with brands like Hӓagen-Dazs, Parlour and Drumstick, has seen increased growth within the category, which has resulted in greater production demands.
“We are really proud to be a part of the London community and excited to be making this significant investment,” said Jayne Payette, business executive officer, Ice Cream at Nestlé Canada. “Our employees work hard every day to bring these great Made In Canada brands to our consumers and this investment allows us to bring even more exciting and innovative products to market.”
The firm also received $390,000 in funding from the provincial government’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund for an early phase of the investment which enhanced the cleaning technology for individual production lines.
“Our support for Nestlé Canada through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping create good jobs and economic opportunities for workers, dairy farmers and communities throughout the London area,” said Jeff Leal, provincial minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
The expansion will create 12 new jobs at the factory, and 45 existing jobs will move from seasonal part-time employment to full-time positions.