October 10, 2018 Sussex, NB Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Business innovation and productivity are key to a dynamic economy and a higher standard of living in Atlantic Canada. With the purchase of new advanced manufacturing equipment, leading food processor G.E. Barbour will increase its production capacity, allowing it to expand into new markets.
Today, David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, were at G.E. Barbour and announced that the Government of Canada is investing $489,250 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Business Development Program for the advanced manufacturing equipment. Parliamentary Secretary Lametti made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.
In operation since 1867, G.E. Barbour Inc. is a leading multi-product food processor based in Sussex, NB. The company specializes in teas, spices, extracts and nut butters. G.E. Barbour manufactures branded and private label products for retail and food service customers throughout North America, with brands including King Cole, Morse’s and Barbour’s. It is a major employer in the Sussex region, providing jobs for more than 100 people, and contributes significantly to the region’s economic growth.
This project builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment to improve the economy of Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting economic development in rural communities through investments in business scale up and productivity, and investments in regional innovation ecosystems.
“Our government knows that business success in Atlantic Canada requires modernization and improvements to production efficiency. G.E. Barbour Inc. is a prime example of the positive results that can be achieved when companies adopt advanced manufacturing approaches to remain competitive and seize international opportunities.”David LamettiParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for ACOA
“Small- and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs play a vital role in fostering Canada’s long-term prosperity. Today’s investment from the Government of Canada is great news for G.E. Barbour Inc. and Sussex area residents.”Alaina Lockhartarliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“We are excited to receive ACOA’s support for Barbours’ recent investment into this facility. To receive such a tangible expression of their faith in our future is critical in enabling us to progress quickly with our quality and productivity initiatives.”Sylvia MacVeyPresident – G.E. Barbour Inc.
- Manufacturing provides jobs to 78,300 Atlantic Canadians.
- In 2016, the manufacturing industry in Atlantic Canada produced goods and services valued at $7.2 billion.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is committed to helping more Atlantic Canadian manufacturers integrate new, innovative technologies into their traditional practices.
- Atlantic Canadian manufacturers seeking innovative solutions to increase their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness can apply for an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Assessment. Qualified consultants will examine the company’s performance and recommend how advanced manufacturing technologies could be implemented.
Paul CJ LeBlanc
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
G.E. Barbour Inc.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Office of MP Alaina Lockhart