Schep's Bakery in Norwich has been given a FedDev Ontario grant of $1.9 million dollars to expand, diversify to reach new markets and create 17 new jobs.
WOODSTOCK - Schep's Bakery in Norwich has been given a FedDev Ontario grant of $1.9 million dollars to expand, diversify to reach new markets and create 17 new jobs.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Kate Young was at the bakery yesterday for a cheque presentation. Shep's will use the money to purchase an advanced waffle production and packaging line that will quadruple its current output. This will allow Schep’s to manufacture and package customized products, and diversify its product offerings.
Schep's Bakeries Ltd. was established in 1984 and is a family owned manufacturer of Double Dutch Syrup Waffles and other private label waffle cookies. It is run by Arie Schep and his sons Jacco, Peter and Jonathan. They currently have over 60 workers at their 52,000 square foot processing facility. President Jacco Schep says they are looking forward to expansion.
"With this project, we can capitalize on significant opportunities to grow our business within the bakery and snack industry of North America. We want to thank Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for sharing our vision for growth and supporting this important project and milestone in our company’s history."
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages says they are thrilled to contribute to Shep's growth.
"Schep’s Bakeries is an excellent example of a rural manufacturer scaling up its production capacity to reach both domestic and global markets. This company is contributing to the growing food and beverage cluster in southwestern Ontario, and creating quality jobs in Oxford County."
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