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Funding for Shelburne County business

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Shelburne County business Kenney & Ross has received a repayable contribution of $1 million to go towards an improvement to its wastewater infrastructure.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced on Sept. 29 the contribution through the Business Development Program.

“Innovations in processing, the development of new markets and sustainable harvesting are key drivers attracting international focus on the quality of Atlantic Canadian seafood,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The wastewater infrastructure upgrade will help make the system greener and reduce the overall environmental impact. 

Modifications include an equalization tank, new screening system and a seawater dilution system designed to meet Environment Canada standards.

The company uses skins from wild fish species such as cod and haddock to manufacture kosher and halal certified collagen and gelatin products shipped to 28 countries.

The company has been based in Shelburne County since 1945.

“ACOA has provided Kenney and Ross the opportunity to be competitive and innovative in the global market whether it is for improvements in innovation or improved infrastructure (we) provide meaningful employment to the area and are a global competitor in the gelatin industry,” said Jody Crook, VP of Kenney and Ross Ltd.

The upgrade costs a total of $2.3 million.

“Helping Atlantic Canadian businesses succeed in the global market is a priority for the Government of Canada.  Kenney & Ross creates meaningful export opportunities and jobs in the South Shore,” said Bernadette Jordan, MP for South Shore-St. Margaret.  “These improvements will ensure that they remain an economic fixture for many years to come.”

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