Luke, Geysens High on Maricann Expansion

Norfolk County Mayor Charlie Luke and Coun. Roger Geysens are high on Maricann Group Inc.’s multi million-dollar Langton-area expansion.

“It’s phenomenal what they are doing,” said Geysens at the tail end of Tuesday evening’s in-committee meeting. “I think as things go forward, we’ll have the largest one in Canada.”

The two recently enjoyed a preview of the company’s Wednesday, May 24 Phase I Groundbreaking ceremony highlighting a $27-million expansion at its 8th Concession Road site.

Maricann’s focus on conservation and green technologies including water recycling and solar power have resulted in a $4.5-million grant toward the project, said Mayor Luke. Upon completion, five acres of the property’s total 97 will be under either glass or roof courtesy of a 210,000-square-foot facility measuring 625 feet long by 335 feet wide.

Employment currently stands at 60, continued the mayor, and is expected to rise to over 100 upon completion.

Maricann was initially directed to this area by South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation, and was impressed by the area’s highly-skilled agriculturally-trained workforce.

“And that attracted them, among other things,” the mayor concluded.

Graham Sorkin