Province Helping Hiram Walker & Sons Expand
Media Release: Teresa Piruzza, MPP Windsor West
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ontario Supporting Growth in Windsor & Essex County
February 28, 2014
(WINDSOR) – Ontario is helping Hiram Walker & Sons Limited expand their operations to become an industry leader in the premium distilled spirits market.
The province is providing $1 million to support the purchase of new equipment to create product lines geared at consumers of higher-end and niche products, ensuring the Windsor facility continues to be a leader in innovation.
Supporting the province’s agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.
“I’m proud to support innovation in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector, which is a key driver of our economy. By encouraging the kind of determination and forward thinking Hiram Walker & Sons has shown, I’m confident we will continue to increase growth in our food and beverage sector.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food
“Our government’s is supporting the WindsorEssex region through increased investment and economic opportunity. This investment is not only good for Hiram Walker & Sons, but for Ontario’s agri-food sector as a whole.”
— Hon. Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West
“Because of the funding we received from the Government of Ontario, our company will now be in a position to diversify and grow our business domestically and internationally.”
— Jim Stanski, Vice-President Operations, Hiram Walker & Sons Limited
- With 37 fermenters, Hiram Walker & Sons boasts the largest distillery capacity in North America.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food and beverage processing sector, supporting 95,000 jobs and contributing more than $11 billion to the province’s GDP.
- Ontario’s food and beverage processors purchase about two-thirds of the good things that are grown and produced on the province’s farms.