City strikes quick deal to keep Parmalat milk plant in Winnipeg
Mayor Brian Bowman pleased with deal reached between city, province, Parmalat
Winnipeg city council approved the sale of city-owned land in the St. Boniface Industrial Park to Parmalat Canada Inc., Wednesday morning, for the expansion of a new milk processing plant.
The deal was approved early Wednesday at a special meeting of the executive policy committee then given the OK by council shortly afterwards, during the last council meeting before summer break.
The plant at the new site will replace the current aging facility in St. Boniface. There city said the deal was urgent because there is a time constraint with Parmalat under a time crunch to start construction.
"They have a very tight schedule and we're rushing this through, in a sense, because they need to be in the ground by August this year," said the city CAO Doug McNeil.
The city says it will recoup the payment over 18 years through property and business taxes generated by the new plant.
"I am very pleased that the proposed agreement with Parmalat sets their business up for success right here in Winnipeg," said Mayor Brian Bowman.
"Parmalat will lead development in the industrial park as the catalyst to attract further industrial business to set up as we partner to service the area."