At a groundbreaking ceremony held last month, Bartek president and CEO John Burrows said the Hamilton facility will set a new global benchmark for safety, efficiency and environmental performance.
“We are pleased to be investing in the community of Stoney Creek and proud to play an integral part in supporting local industries and the local economy.
“We are thankful for our partnerships with the provincial and federal government and Environment Hamilton and their support and guidance throughout the process.”
Several officials attended the ceremony, including Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton East; Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development and Trade; Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Chad Collins, Member of Federal Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.
“Bartek’s $175 million investment will ensure that the company can continue to expand and create more good-paying jobs in Hamilton and the surrounding region,” said Fedeli.
“Together, we’re building a stronger Ontario with opportunities for all people.”
The facility will double Bartek’s production capacity and propel new product development and other innovation efforts.
It is also being built with sustainability in mind and is expected to be the most environmentally sustainable facility in the industry – projected to reduce per unit greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%.
“Ontario has a clean energy advantage and is a sustainable and predictable place to do business,” said Piccini.
“As a result, we’re attracting the jobs of tomorrow. My Ministry was proud to work closely with Bartek through the permitting and approvals process to help secure this significant investment to Ontario.”
Investing in the local economy
Through this project, Bartek will inject CA$100m into the local Stoney Creek economy.
“Hamilton’s Bartek facility will soon become one of the world’s largest malic and food-grade acid production plants,” said Lumsden.
“Our government is excited to see local manufacturers, such as Bartek, invest in Ontario to grow and create more jobs right here in Hamilton.”
Operational in 2024
The facility is expected to be fully operational at the beginning of 2024.
Added Thompson, “Bartek’s new state-of-the-art facility will be a shining example of Ontario’s robust agri-food manufacturing and processing sector.
“This major investment will create good-paying jobs in the local community and further strengthen Ontario’s value-added food supply chain.”
Bartek Ingredients has been a leading global manufacturer of malic acid, fumaric acid and maleic anhydride for over 50 years.
The Stoney Creek-headquartered specialist employs 120 people across its two production facilities in Southern Ontario, distributing its products to more than 40 countries.
With new ownership in 2019 and significant investments, Bartek’s presence in the food and beverage space continues to be bolstered by highly innovative products and services that utilise deep product expertise and application knowledge to offer solutions to industry needs.