Canadian Packaging

Province of Nova Scotia puts money where its mouth is

Province invests in poultry plant to increase productivity and jobs.


May 22, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

The Province of Nova Scotia has announced a $1-million capital investment in Eden Valley Poultry Incorporated, a poultry processor located in Berwick, NS.

According to Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, the investment through the Productivity Investment Program (PIP) is expected to increase productivity at the plant by more than 40 per cent through the purchase of leading-edge poultry processing equipment

“The province understands the importance of investing in our businesses and helping them become more productive and globally competitive,” Paris says. “This investment supports good jobs in rural communities, and that’s what jobsHere is all about.”

Eden Valley is creating a $40-million renovation to an existing Berwick facility that was closed in 2011. The new plant will employ up to 200 people, and have the capacity to process 40 million kilograms of poultry annually.

“This is a great program to support increased productivity and innovation in the province,” explains Eden Valley president Greg Gillespie. “Eden Valley Poultry is pleased to receive this contribution towards our total $40 million investment.”

Equipment purchased with support from the province will increase chicken processing capacity by 40 per cent to 12,000 boilers per hour, and double the number of turkeys that can be processed to 2,500 per hour.

“Eden Valley poultry represents the jobs and economic opportunity that the people of Berwick, and Kings County need,” said Mayor John Prall of Berwick which has approximately 2500 residents. “This facility represents a major boost to our municipal bottom line that will provide the services our community depends on.”