McCain Foods is making a substantial investment in its Coaldale, Alta. plant, doubling the size of its facility and output. Established in 2000, the potato plant currently employs 225 people.
The announced $600 million investment will provide an economic boost for the region that will create 260 new jobs, the company says.
Aligned with McCain’s sustainability commitments, the company says best practices will be implemented to ensure the facility continues towards its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations in half by the end of the decade.
The expansion will include wind turbines and solar panels, providing 100 per cent renewable electricity to the Coaldale site. Renewable biogas generated at the wastewater treatment facility will be transported to the steam boilers to offset natural gas demands, as well.
The expansion in Coaldale will create two new production lines, more than doubling the workforce at Coaldale to 485, when fully operational.
Construction on the expansion is expected to start later this year.