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."