Expansion of New Brunswick Plant Good News for Local 2001

August 11, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

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With the Old Dutch Foods potato chip plant in Hartland, New Brunswick operating at capacity the company is moving ahead with a $25 million expansion of the plant.  

The company announced in early August that it will expand based on existing sales and intends to increase spending in the province by roughly $10 million per year on potatoes and other supplies. The provincial government is providing $15 million toward the expansion.

A new packaging line, new equipment and additional warehouse space will add approximately 40 full-time jobs to the 128 already at the facility. In addition there are 35-50 seasonal positions.

CAW Local 2001 President Tony Budrow said that securing the loan and the decision to expand was the result of hard work by the membership, company ownership and the provincial government.

"This announcement not only bodes well for our members, but also the spin off effect it will have on other sectors of the local economy such as trucking, farming and an increase in business for local merchants will be very positive," said Budrow.

CAW Atlantic Area Director Les Holloway said the membership has worked hard to ensure the plant has a strong future and that the expansion is a strong step forward for the local economy.

"This is great news for our members who produce a quality union made product, which is very popular - Old Dutch potato chips."



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