Breslau, Ont. – Conestoga Meat Packers in the Kitchener-Waterloo region will receive $1.5 million from the Ontario government towards its expansion.
The Breslau-based pork processor is owned by a co-operative of 120 hog farmers in Southern Ontario. About a third of its products are exported.
The funding will allow the company to invest in new cooler space and refrigeration equipment, as well as increasing its overall capacity by approximately one third. The grant will also allow the company to create 100 new jobs.
“Conestoga is a major employer in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and plays a vital role in connecting Ontario farmers with markets for their products, both here at home and abroad,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, in making the announcement. “I’m very pleased our government is able to help Conestoga Meat Packers grow, create jobs, and continue to export its high-quality products with support from the Southwestern Ontario Develoment Fund.”