Ontario is supporting a subsidiary of Feihe International to establish Kingston’s first baby formula production facility, which will create up to 277 new jobs in the community.
Premier Kathleen Wynne will meet with Feihe International today in Beijing to discuss the company’s plans to build its first baby formula production facility outside of China. Feihe International produces, packages and distributes milk powder and related products in China.
With support from Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company will be able to purchase and install innovative, intelligent processing and packaging equipment for the new facility, which will help boost productivity and local production. Once operational in 2020, the plant will require significant volumes of milk, which will support the growth of Ontario’s dairy cow and goat sectors.
Supporting a strong and innovative food processing sector is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“I would like to thank Feihe International for choosing Kingston to build its first baby formula production facility in Canada. This investment provides a tremendous economic opportunity for Kingston, surrounding rural areas and our farming community. With the creation of 277 excellent jobs and many more indirect jobs, this investment will support families and continues to demonstrate why Kingston is the place where history and innovation thrive." — Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
“We’re excited to welcome Feihe International to Ontario. In addition to bringing good jobs to the Kingston community, this project will also open up new opportunities for our dairy and goat producers to continue to grow and thrive. By partnering with food processing companies like Feihe International, we are not only supporting growth in Ontario’s agri-food sector, but we are helping boost our province’s economy.” — Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs\
“Feihe International joins the ever-growing roster of companies that are innovating and creating jobs in Ontario. With strategic support from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, this project grows Ontario’s export base and strengthens our agri-food sector.” — Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth
“I want to thank Ontario for their support. Ontario and Qigihar, Heilongjiang, where Feihe’s milk resources are located, are both situated in the World’s Golden Milk Belt at 47 degrees north latitude where its natural environment is the most ideal place for producing premium quality dairy products. With over 55 years of history, Feihe International is China’s largest domestic infant formula company and one of the world’s leading experts in infant formula technology, innovation, nutrition and research and development. We look forward to this historic project and bringing our experience in infant formula to Canada.” — Youbin Leng, Chairman, Feihe International
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