Manitoba dignitaries, including Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler among others were in attendance, as were local growers from the Keystone Potato Producers Association, McCain executives and some employees who have worked at the plant for 40 years.
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Dale McCarthy, Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain, McCain Foods North America:
“Today’s official opening of the new potato receiving area reflects McCain’s ongoing commitment to our business in Manitoba and to the people that live and work in the Portage la Prairie community.”
“We congratulate McCain on the 40th anniversary of their Manitoba operations, and join them in celebrating their recent investment in Portage la Prairie.”The expansion of the potato receiving area was part of a multi-year $45 million capital investment commitment made by McCain to the facility.
The expansion now allows the Portage la Prairie facility to receive additional potatoes from local growers in a more time efficient manner, as well as an allowance for additional holding capacity, a new cleaning line and a new refreshment break area.
The new potato receiving area expansion opening coincides with the 40th anniversary of McCain Foods continued operation and investment in Portage la Prairie.
The Honourable Candice Bergen, Member of Parliament for PortageLisgar and Opposition House Leader:
“Congratulations to McCain Foods for celebrating 40 years of business operation in Portage la Prairie.”40 Years in Business
"The McCain Portage la Prairie facility has long been an important contributor to our region not just for employment but also for partnering with the surrounding grower community and its longstanding involvement in the area.”
Danielle Barran, President of McCain Foods Canada:
“As we celebrate both the opening of the potato receiving area and 40 years of continued operation at the McCain Portage la Prairie facility, we want to express the ongoing importance of the foundational relationships we share with our employees and growers in the Portage la Prairie community, some who have been with us all 40 years.”Manitoba growers annually plant about 26,000 hectares of potatoes, which represents about one-fifth of Canada’s total potato crop.
McCain Foods Portage la Prairie, Manitoba facility celebrated 40 years in business on April 15th with dignitaries joining McCain executives to officially open its new $10 million potato receiving area. (Pictured left to right: Ian Wishart, MLA, Portage la Prairie; The Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture for Manitoba; Christine Wentworth, Vice President, Agriculture NA (McCain); The Honourable Candice Bergen, MP, Portage-Lisgar and Opposition House Leader; The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba; Danielle Barran, President McCain Foods (Canada); Irvine Ferris, Mayor, Portage la Prairie; Eric Durand, McCain Foods Plant Manager; and Dale McCarthy, Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain NA (McCain).
Irvine Ferris, Mayor, City of Portage la Prairie:
“McCain Foods has been a part of the Portage la Prairie community since 1979 and throughout that time has remained an important corporate citizen with the city, offering leadership and significant community involvement with projects big and small.”More than 300 employees work at the Portage la Prairie, Manitoba facility and are part of a proudly Canadian-based company with a global enterprise, including more than 21,000 employees operating out of 52 production facilities on six continents with sales in excess of CDN $9.5 billion.