Nestlé Canada is breaking new ground with a multi-million dollar investment in its London, Ontario ice cream factory that serves a treat for the local economy.
Company officials were joined on Friday by a group of politicians, including Prime Minister Doug Ford, in celebrating the $ 41.3 million expansion of South London facilities.
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First announced in June, Nestlé said the 26,600 square foot expansion would create up to 100 new jobs while increasing production of various brands of ice cream, including Häagen-Dazs, Real Dairy and Drumstick.
“More and more companies want to come to London, so you’re doing something right,” Ford said in his remarks Friday.
The Prime Minister also praised Nestlé for its continued spending in London, which includes a $ 51.5 million expansion announced in 2018.
“We are heading towards almost $ 100 million since 2018… I can tell you the future is bright here in London,” said Ford.
Mayor Ed Holder described the investment as a “huge and huge victory for London, which is the undisputed economic center of southwestern Ontario”.
Holder’s comments follow the city’s lowest unemployment rate since the start of the year.
“Thanks to Nestlé and our skilled workforce, our recovery in London is on track,” Holder added.
London, Ont., Just experienced its sixteenth month of net growth in new jobs, which has created more than 50,000 jobs here, more than pre-pandemic levels, he said.
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The expansion is expected to end in 2023, but Nestlé Canada President and CEO John Carmichael said some of the 100 new jobs expected have already started.
“I would say to anyone who is interested in these jobs to come out right away… no reason to wait for these 100 in particular, we have fabulous jobs here at all levels and in all positions,” Carmichael said.
Carmichael also spoke of Nestlé Canada’s sustainability efforts, including commitments to have net zero emissions by 2050 and to use only reusable or recyclable packaging by 2030.
These commitments will apply to the London ice cream factory and its upcoming expansion, he said.
“Investing in sustainable development is absolutely one of them. “
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