April 1, 2010
SALISBURY (CNB) - Three companies in the Fundy region are maintaining 16 jobs and creating another four with the assistance of the NB Growth Program.
Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles made this announcement today on behalf of Victor Boudreau, minister of Business New Brunswick. He was joined by Craig, Doug, and Verna Lewis at Lewis Mountain Fresh Farm in Lewis Mountain, west of Salisbury.
"Our government is proud to work with local companies to help them diversify and grow," said Stiles. "These three companies are tried-and-true examples of local entrepreneurs who have taken the initiative to expand their businesses and to bring their unique products to new markets. The support of the NB Growth Program means that more New Brunswickers can find the help they need to remain competitive and successful."
Business New Brunswick launched the $3-million program in October 2007 to support company start-ups and expansions. It provides eligible entrepreneurs up to $100,000 to establish a new business, and up to $60,000 to expand, diversify, or improve productivity at an existing business.
"Our family began making sauerkraut 25 years ago, and in 2005 it officially became our full-time business," said Doug Lewis. "We are pleased to continue growing this family-owned operation, and thankful for the provincial government's support. The NB Growth Program has allowed us to further develop and diversify our market reach, including national and international consumers. The purchase of a new packaging system will increase our capacity to support growth for years to come."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of companies in the Fundy region participating in the NB Growth Program follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Bursey, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-461-0942, email@example.com; Craig Lewis, Lewis Mountain Fresh Farm, 506-372-9928, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies in the Fundy region supported by the NB Growth ProgramLewis Mountain Fresh Farm was approved for $14,500 to develop its roadway, increasing its capacity to ship higher volumes of product. It also bought a new packaging system that will allow it to distribute its sauerkraut to the Atlantic Canadian and American markets. The company employs three.
Petz International received $22,650 to increase its production capacity for its baked and freeze-dried pet treats. It will also upgrade its drying chamber and hire four people to add to its current complement of 10.
Rocky Mountain Maple Ltd. was approved for $27,760 to modernize its maple processing business by relocating to a new facility and acquiring new equipment, including a bottling unit, cooking unit and steam hood.