W.P. Griffin has $372,000 in the bag

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John Griffin, left, president of W.P. Griffin Inc. in Elmsdale and Peter Griffin, right, company vice-president, show off their company’s innovative new weighing and packing equipment to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and P.E.I. Minister of Tourism Robert Henderson. Shea and Henderson visited the company to announce $372,490 in federal and provincial finding to help them expand into new markets. 

Elmsdale potato company getting government investment in weighing and bagging equipment

ELSMDALE — W.P. Griffin will get a combined investment of $372,490 from the provincial and federal governments to purchase new weighing and bagging equipment.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and provincial Tourism Minister Robert Henderson made the announcement at the potato company's Elmsdale location this morning.

“Prince Edward Island farmers have earned a reputation for delivering high-quality potatoes to markets around the world. Investing in new technology will help our industry to stay competitive and allow farmers to increase productivity," said Henderson.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is investing a total of $323,490 for the equipment and also to help W.P. Griffin market their product and expand their exporting capabilities.

“W.P Griffin Inc. continues to strive to be a leading innovator in developing new value-added products, opening new markets and employing leading edge technology," said Shea.

The Government of Prince Edward Island, through the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Growing Forward 2 Program, is investing a total of $49,000 towards the purchase of new equipment.

"This funding will assist our company enter new markets in the potato industry," said W.P. Griffin president John Griffin. "Our new state-of-the-art equipment is helping us sell our specialty products to some of the largest retail chains in Canada and allowing us to evolve in the industry which helps us remain current."

Geographic location: Elmsdale

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  • John Evans
    February 23, 2014 - 09:24

    can u tell me who was W. P Griffin Altaman i have something with his name on it. trying to reseasrch him. thanks john

  • check your facts
    January 17, 2014 - 13:19

    Before you continue to throw away more tax money to individuals that are perfectly capable of using their own money. WP Griffin is one of the suppliers to Cavendish Farms and I am sure he is not doing this out of the goodness of his heart. The little person on PEI is supposed to pay taxes with less then $8ooo deductable for a year yet these large growers can have the taxes that this little man worked for. There is a definite difference between corporate assistance and corporate greed which is running out of control on PEI. This Island is going backward with the rich taking more and the have nots paying more then they have. Possibly another to add to the list that backs this Government for profit.

  • FEDUP
    January 17, 2014 - 11:55

    Why is government financing every business on PEI with our own money? Why cant these leading companies finance their own expansions? PEI loaned Cavendish farm to convert to LNG at their Kensington plant. Can't any of these businesses do anything on their own? Mary Irving $17 Million Dollars at her packaging company, Warren Ellis $3.7 Million to get his "potato operation in order", then turns around the next year and sell all his land. He pleads guilty to fish kills last October and supposed to be sentence in January, but guess what, that sentence was postponed to a later date in hopes that all we be forgotten and the judge can give him a slap on the wrist and no one will notice. Shameful. Gail and Robert, where is the money for people who can't afford heating oil?

  • city slicker
    January 17, 2014 - 11:05

    No wonder they are all smiles.