The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has announced funding of up to $2 million to assist Vaughan, Ont.-based Quality Cheese Inc. in expanding its production capabilities.
The Canadian government agency’s funding will help with the installation of state-of-the-art equipment at Quality Cheese Inc.’s new 64,000-sq.-ft. facility in Orangeville, Ont.
These upgrades are expected to increase Quality Cheese’s production of specialty cheeses including brie, camembert and blue cheese. The increased production capabilities will enable the company to scale up its operations to meet growing demand in domestic and international markets.
Through this project, Quality Cheese Inc. also plans to improve energy and water efficiencies in their cheese production by integrating a water management system that improves environmental performance.
“Our Government continues to support the growth of quality manufacturers across southern Ontario. Today’s funding demonstrates our commitment to helping manufacturers increase productivity, while using environmentally-friendly technologies. This in turn will give them the competitive edge they need to succeed, while strengthening Ontario’s manufacturing sector and creating jobs in this region,” says Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
“This funding from FedDev Ontario will enable Quality Cheese to increase our production capacity, expand efficiencies for growth and compete for import and export opportunities. These actions are vital to achieving our company’s short-term and longer-term goals as we continue to grow in our production of speciality cheeses, including brie, camembert and blue cheese products,” adds Albert Borgo, vice-president, Quality Cheese Inc.