Canada’s largest, and newest commercial bakery opened officially in Hamilton Wednesday.
The $100 million Canada Bread plant covers nearly 400,000 square feet on Nebo Road. The plant is a division of Maple Leaf Foods, and will produce a variety of products – mostly from the Dempster’s line – including breads, buns, english muffins, and tortillas.
The new plant is the anchor tenant in the recently-opened Red Hill Business Park.
After years of hearing that the city of Hamilton was not business-friendly, Maple Leaf president and CEO Michael McCain says those rumours are simply untrue.
“They’re great people, great location, great development opportunities, it’s just a wonderful place to locate this facility. We’ve been very excited to be here and the local community and the infrastructure here to support us has been phenomenal.”
The plant is not only the largest in Canada; it’s considered one of the most modern and efficient bakeries in the world. It’s also considered one of the most environmentally friendly, using new, “green technologies” to help control heating, cooling, lighting, and wastewater.