McCain Foods plant in Albany, P.E.I. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE - Speculation that the former McCain plant in Albany has been sold is not true, said a company spokesperson.
There had been talk that VANCO Farms Ltd., based in eastern P.E.I., had purchased the property, but both a representative of that company and Calla Farn, vice-president of public relations with McCain Food Canada, quashed the rumours.
Farn said there has been interest in the former french fry plant that has been closed since late October 2014.
“I don’t know where the rumours are coming from. It absolutely has not been sold,” said Farn. “Nothing has been signed. There has been no purchase of sale agreement signed, anything like that.”
The McCain plant employed 121 people until it was closed in 2014.
At that time, McCain indicated various factors were contributing to the closure, including increased efficiency in its other processing plants.
A call for expressions of interest had gone out late in 2014 with the deadline for submissions this past January.
“We are optimistic though, we are talking with people about potential other uses for the property but no, it has not been sold.”
She wouldn’t comment on what businesses have been looking.
“We’ve had a couple of serious, a number of serious expressions of interest, that’s why we remain optimistic something is going to happen,” she added. “It is premature now
When VANCO was contacted recently, a representative said that such a move would not be in its best interest, given its main office is situated in Mount Albion.