Council OKs GreenField Ethanol and Cedarline partnership
The teaming up of GreenField Ethanol and Cedarline Greenhouses was given the OK by Council last night (April 23) during a planning meeting held at the Civic Centre.
The plan is that over the course of 10 years, more than 90 acres of tomato greenhouses will be built across the street from the Chatham area Ethanol plant.
North Kent Counc. Leon Leclair says the partnership will create jobs for C-K.
“Agriculture is going to step forward and these greenhouses are a perfect example… when it is all finished there’s going to be 200 new jobs,” Leclair said. “They’re not going to be all off-shore… up to two thirds are likely to be high-tech.”
Leclair added the partnership is a perfect fit.
“I’m just so excited, it’s a great thing for agriculture,” he said. “Farmers are great stewards of the land. (Greenfield) couldn’t of picked a better partner than the Devrie’s to start this project here. They are some of the most ethical people I’ve ever seen work here and great ambassadors of our industry.”
Council approved to zoning change from industrial land to agricultural.
The plan is to utilize the plant’s by-products to power the green houses and to utilize heat from the plant to power the operation.
Cedarline Greenhouses, owned by Greg Devries, currently has an operation just outside of Dresden.