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Nestlé's London ice cream plant gets $51.5M expansion

Nestlé Canada announced a $51.5 million expansion at its London, Ont. ice cream plant that will see the addition of 10 to 12 new jobs and turn 45 seasonal jobs into full-time positions.

The facility will add 10 to 12 new jobs and turn 45 seasonal positions into full-time ones

'Demand is going through the roof' 1:01

It certainly wasn't weather for ice cream Friday, but that didn't stop Nestlé Canada from announcing a $51.5 million dollar expansion of its London plant. 

The 52-year-old plant makes such products as Haagen Dasz, Nestlé Drumstick and Nestlé Parlour ice cream, but lately, it can't seem to keep up with demand. 

"Our demand is going through the roof," said Arthur Van Raalte, the plant's director of factory operations. "We're trying to keep up with demand and unfortunately we are not able to do that anymore with the available capacity we have right now." 

Employees pose in front of Nestlé's London, Ont. ice cream plant after the company announced a $51.5 million expansion that will see the addition of 10 to 12 new jobs and turn 45 seasonal jobs into full-time positions. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

The plant already produces 60 million litres of ice cream and its 700 employees are kept busy making nearly all of the Nestlé ice cream sold in Canada. 

The expansion will create 10 to 12 new jobs and will turn 45 seasonal jobs into full-time positions.

It will also modernize the plant and allow it more flexibility, according to Jayne Payette, the business executive officer for Nestlé Canada's ice cream division. 

"This investment is going to enable us to bring more products to the market," she said. "It's also going to enable us to innovate and bring new products to the market." 

The expansion was made possible through a $390,000 grant from the provincial government's Southwest Development Fund. 

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Colin Butler

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Colin Butler is a veteran CBC reporter who's worked in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and London, Ont. Email: colin.butler@cbc.ca

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