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Original Cakerie to set up shop in Ontario


February 29, 2008
By CNW Group

Feb. 29, 2008, London, Ont. – With the help of the Ontario government
and the Ontario Wheat Producer’s Marketing Board, B.C.-based sweets
manufacturer The Original Cakerie will open a new plant in London,
Ontario.

Feb. 29, 2008, London, Ont. – With the help of the Ontario government and the Ontario Wheat Producer’s Marketing Board, B.C.-based sweets manufacturer The Original Cakerie will open a new plant in London, Ontario. The government is providing $2.5 million to the bakery business for the construction of its new, 125,000 square-foot plant, set to be completed by January 2009.

The Wheat Board will provide technical and research and development expertise to the new facility in London, and will contribute $60,000 in eligible in-kind products and/or services towards the project.

“We pride ourselves in creating delicious, high quality desserts and we're aiming to be an employer of choice. London and the surrounding rural communities have the perfect combination of skilled labour, material resources and a community culture that is aligned with our company's core values," said David Hood, president of The Original Cakerie.

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The company has expanded and grown over the past 25 years and is now the largest privately-owned frozen dessert manufacturer in Canada. The new plant is expected to create up to 400 new jobs, from positions in manufacturing and trades, to management.

The government investment was made through the Rural Economic Development Program. Since 2003, the province and its partners have invested $477.7 million in rural Ontario to build strong rural communities.