CHESTERVILLE – The once-bustling Nestle Canada plant in this village could be a major jobs producer in the years ahead thanks to an increased push for marijuana output ahead of the federal government’s decriminalization of the drug.
It was significant news Fri., Jan. 26 when Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. announced its strategic alliance with IDP Group, the owners of 373,000-square-foot complex north of Chesterville’s downtown core.
One of the principal’s involved, Hamed Asl of IDP Group, told local media via email that the plan has the potential to create more than 300 jobs in the next three years.
“Once the due diligence phase is completed, we are going to launch a job fair to hire for multiple different positions, and we are making it a point to hire local as much as possible,” he said.
All parties involved expect to finalize the working arrangement within the next 60 days, according to Wheaton. The Vancouver-based corporation would then make a major investment, to the tune of $12-million, to put an initial 100,000-square-feet of the former factory into pot production. CannabisCO, a new subsidiary of IDP, would be tasked with overseeing the growing operation.
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