PG Home To A Packing Plant?

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
PG Home To A Packing Plant?

Prince George could soon be home to a packing plant. Representatives from the federal and provincial governments used the Bar K Ranch as the back drop to announce $144,000 in funding to launch a formal feasibility study for the idea. The BC Cattlemen’s Association says it has been looking into the idea of a federally-approved packing plant for a while, as BC currently has no such facility. And Prince George is ideally situated.
“One of the things we’re also seeing within the province is our beef industry is moving North,” says Kevin Boon, who says BC currently has no federally-approved facility. If such a facility were forthcoming, BC could export beef products beyond BC’s boundaries and internationally.
“B.C. ranchers produce high-quality, tasty and trusted beef while being exceptional stewards of the land, and this plant offers them the potential of participating in a quarter of a billion dollars more in annual sales,” says Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris, who identified the gap even before he ventured into politics. “It is a great opportunity, and one that this study will evaluate closely, to determine if the plant will work, and put people to work In Prince George.”
The feasibility study will likely take eight months to complete, and Boon says he’s very optimistic a case can be made. If it is, it would have the potential to generate an additional $250 million in annual beef and byproduct sales, increase in value-added exports by up to $180 million and create up to 180 new full-time-equivalent jobs within the plant and about 620 spinoff jobs.


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