Nov 08, 2019
Cavendish Farms Lethbridge Plant Project Grand Opening
Photo by Cavendish Farms Corporation
EllisDon recently celebrated the opening of the Cavendish Farms Lethbridge Plant Project joined by Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and other local and provincial officials.
This new $430 million state-of-the-art frozen potato processing plant first broke ground in the Lethbridge community in 2017. EllisDon was the Construction Manager of this massive project, leading at the height of construction approximately 900 workers on-site and managing over 1,300,000 man hours.
“Our team, led by Construction Manager Jason Clouthier and Senior Superintendent, Mike Horobec, delivered an exceptional project for Cavendish Farms despite facing some tremendous challenges” said Jeff Fox, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, EllisDon Calgary.
The project represents the largest investment by a private company in Lethbridge’s history and will allow Cavendish Farms Corporation to compete globally. According to company president Robert K. Irving, the new facility allows the company to triple its production in Alberta.
“It was rewarding to hear Mr. Irving praise EllisDon for delivering a world class facility and to single out our superintendent Wayne Tritthardt for his dedication to safety, quality and schedule. Equally rewarding was the congratulations offered by our trade partners to EllisDon on a successful project - without the dedication of our team to provide leadership this project would not have achieved the success it did” said Jeff Fox.
The new plant is expected to provide over 230 jobs, helping to boost the local agriculture-based economy.
EllisDon’s great relationship extends East with the EllisDon Maritimes team having delivered the new Irving Oil Limited HQ in New Brunswick in 2018. This 11 storey office building incorporates the latest building design technologies and systems and houses approximately 1,000 Irving Oil Limited employees.