Ontario Construction News staff writer
Greenlid has announced a plan to build a $14.8 million manufacturing facility in Dundalk, and the provincial government is contributing $500,000 in funding through the Regional Development Program’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
“This investment from Greenlid is another vote of confidence in Ontario’s economy and shows there is no better place for business to grow and workers to thrive,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are thrilled to support this ‘Made in Ontario’ success story and to see Greenlid’s entire supply chain return home again.”
Founded in Toronto in 2014, Greenlid developed a patented compostable material as a replacement for plastic or biodegradable materials and products are now sold in North America’s largest retailers.
“Greenlid is excited to expand and build manufacturing operations in rural Ontario after rapid growth in the past several years,” said CEO Morgan Wyatt. “With the additional support of the Ontario government for this project and local community, Greenlid’s state of the art Non-wood Fibre Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Southgate EcoPark will now specialize in developing Ontario’s agricultural fibre waste into high value compostable products with less impact on the environment and further Ontario’s sustainability and economic development goals.”
The company produces compostable one-time-use items such as plates, bowls, coffee cups, and lids. Currently, its manufacturing facility is in China and this new 60,000 square foot facility in Dundalk and bring their production and supply chain to Ontario.
“Our government is proud to work with Greenlid to help bring their entire production back to our province as we continue to strengthen Ontario’s world-class manufacturing sector,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade. “Greenlid’s investment and desire to bring their entire supply chain back to Ontario is a testament to the work we’re doing to make sure the world knows Ontario is Open for Business.”
Ontario is spending more than $100 million through the Regional Development Program from 2019 to 2023 for regional projects. The program provides cost-shared funding to businesses, municipalities and economic development organizations to help attract investment, diversify their economies, and create jobs.