Plant proposal hints at possible green jobs
GROWING IN BRACEBRIDGE.
Gro-Bark technical sales represntative Chelsea Stroud and owner Bill McKague were amongst company staff who spoke with Bracebridge residents about bringing a new plant to town on Tuesday, March 5. If built, the expansion is expected to add about seven to 10 green-collar jobs to Bracebridge.
Photo by Louis Tam
March 13, 2013
BRACEBRIDGE - A southern Ontario business is hinting at the possibility of turning an old Bracebridge go-kart track into a handful of green jobs.
Representatives from Gro-Bark Ltd. spent the afternoon and early evening hours of Tuesday, March 5 at Macaulay Public School, where they conversed with locals about the company’s plans to bring a mulch production facility to the intersection of Highway 11 and Kirk Line West.
About 20 residents turned up to learn about the company, which specializes in turning waste materials, like bark, into green materials like garden or planting soil.
Owner Bill McKague said Bracebridge was the ideal location for his company’s planned expansion. The town is situated at the halfway point between where raw materials are obtained from northern Ontario, and the company’s main distribution markets in the south.
“We can make two deliveries a day through the Barrie to Toronto corridor,” McKague said of the proposed location.
If the new facility is opened in Bracebridge, the company says it is expected to generated about seven to 10 permanent jobs within the first three to five years.
“We already have truck drivers that live in the area,” said McKague.
Though a definite proposal has yet to be tabled before the town, McKague said the purpose of the public meeting was to gauge public opinion beforehand. So far, he said the response has been mostly positive.
“We’re looking forward to a positive response for us locating here,” he said.
Attendees to the public meeting were told the plant will generally be working during daylight hours only, and that under a dozen trucks are expected to pass through the area each day.
Locals were also told that noise generated at the proposed plant isn’t expected to be disruptive to area residents.
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