Spices and seasonings producer McCormick Canada is moving the operations of its newly-acquired honey manufacturing subsidiary Billy Bee from Toronto to a brand new manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facility being built near the company’s Canadian headquarters in London, Ont.
Scheduled for completion in April of 2009, the new plant is expected to help to boost production capacity and extend the market reach of the 50-year-old Billy Bee brand, which was purchased by McCormick Canada, a subsidiary of the Baltimore, Md.-based McCormick & Company, Incorporated, last February.
“Bringing Billy Bee into our new 210,000-square-foot facility in London will allow us to realize the full growth potential of this Canadian brand, while ensuring optimal efficiency of the McCormick Canada operations,” says McCormick Canada’s chief executive officer Angie Francolini.
“This move also will expand the scope of McCormick Canada’s operations in London,” says Francolini, whose company employs over 600 people at operations in London, Mississauga, Ont., and Calgary, Alta.
Francolini adds that arrangements are being made to help some of the 34 Toronto-based employees impacted by their plant’s closure to be transferred to the new London location, citing the company’s long-standing corporate culture based on the principles of ethical behavior, teamwork, high performance, innovation, and concern for others.
“Consistent with our values, once we have determined which positions will move from Toronto to the new honey operation in London, preferential treatment will be given to current Billy Bee employees who wish to move,” Francolini states.
“London is a beautiful city and has so much to offer, and we are hopeful that many of the current Billy Bee employees will see this as an ideal opportunity for themselves and their families.”