Tilly O’Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, today announced a combined federal and provincial investment for Envirem Organics Inc. to undertake an important expansion at its manufacturing plant in Miramichi.

“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said MP O’Neill Gordon, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie). “Our investments will help Envirem Organics proceed with a major expansion and improve its manufacturing efficiency. By supporting projects like these, we are supporting the growth of small businesses and the jobs they generate and investing in the prosperity of our communities.”

Envirem Organics Inc. is an environmental company specializing in recycling, manufacturing and distributing organic based products targeting premium lawn, garden and agricultural markets throughout Canada and Eastern United States. Envirem has established itself as an industry leader in providing unique, high quality “green” or “organic certified” alternative products under the trade names of EnviremTM, Greenhouse GoldTM and Nutri-WaveTM. The company is currently the largest volume composter in Canada. It operates composting and environmental facilities located at Fredericton, Memramcook, Belledune, Miramichi, Saint François, Clarendon, Rivière-Verte, NB and East River, NS.

The funding will help the company expand its bagging plant in Miramichi, adding a 20,000 sq. ft. building for processing and storage. The addition of new equipment will improve the quality, efficiency and capacity of the packaging process.

“The support from ACOA is very important to expand the infrastructure and packaging production at our Miramichi facility,” said President Robert Kiely. “In addition to growth experienced in our traditional retail markets, we are preparing for significant commercialization opportunities from new value-added bio-products that are currently in the R&D phase. Our vision is to convert high quality New Brunswick forestry, agricultural and fishery wastes into emerging sustainable and organic lawn and garden, horticultural and agricultural markets.”

The federal government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is assisting the company with a repayable contribution of $500,000. Envirem Organics Inc. is contributing $518,000.