BELLEVILLE, Ont.—A Canadian meat processing company with production facilities in Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba is committing $18 million to expand its newest plant east of Toronto.
Vantage Foods Inc., which packages case-ready meats for Metro and Food Basics grocery stores across Ontario, said the multimillion-dollar investment will allow it to add a new seafood line to its Belleville, Ont. facility. The move will help it to push into a distinct product category while creating 70 new jobs.
The expansion project includes the purchase of new equipment as well as general facility upgrades aimed at improving the plant’s productivity and increasing its capacity.
“Adding a seafood line to our product range is an exciting new development for Vantage Foods and offers a further innovative option for our valued customers,” Alan Cook, general manager of Seafood at the Calgary-based company, said in a statement.
Along with approximately $16.5 million from Vantage, the Ontario government has agreed to invest $1.5 million in the expansion through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund.
The Belleville plant originally opened in 2011.
Vantage expects to finish the project by late 2019.