Hamilton Grows as Agri-Food Business Hub with new State-of-the-Art Flour Mill

Monday, December 14, 2015

P&H Milling Group WebsiteA $5 million investment from the province, along with $40 million from P&H Milling Group, will make Pier 10 in Hamilton Harbour home to the first new flour mill in Ontario in 75 years.

The funding from the province comes through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund, creating new sustainable jobs, growing export opportunities, and strengthening the province’s food and beverage processing sector.

A substantial investment for Hamilton, the surrounding regions, Ontario farmers, the bakery industry and overall supply chain, increased sales of Ontario-grown wheat will be a significant ingredient for the recipe in strengthening our food sector.

“Our government is delighted to partner with P&H Milling on this significant project, bringing a large investment to the region, and directly supporting the diversification of Hamilton’s economy,” shared Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Duguid said that the “announcement advances Ontario’s economic strategy to foster long-term growth and job creation by boosting productivity and innovation across key industrial sectors.”

The new bulk mill will have state-of-the-art equipment, including additional grain and flour storage. The expansion will allow P&H to process 25% more grain, and help increase the company’s intake of Ontario wheat by over 10% more annually.

While announcing the project, Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal said the government will be supporting 16 new jobs, as well as the opportunity to turn Hamilton into an “agri-food business hub.”

“This company has confidence in Ontario and confidence in Hamilton. This is good news for everybody,” Leal said. “This company looked for the opportunity to serve the world and you can do that from Hamilton.”

Hamilton — with access to railway, truck and vessel transportation, close to the GTA and major Ontario food manufacturers, as well as convenient highway access into the United States – is a perfect fit.

The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, bolster innovation and grow Ontario’s exports.