A $2.8 million investment by the Ontario government will help create new jobs at a producer of agricultural and garden nutrient products in St-Isidore. 

On February 2, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli announced the government is contributing the funds from the Regional Development Program to help strengthen local manufacturing, create jobs, attract investment and boost regional economic recovery in Eastern Ontario. A combined 52 new jobs will be created at Premier Tech Home and Garden’s facilities in St-Isidore and Brighton.  

“Our government continues to support local manufacturers through targeted investments to help businesses create good local jobs,” said Fedeli. 

Premier Tech Home and Garden is investing more than $18 million at the St-Isidore and Brighton plants. In St-Isidore, this investment will develop a state-of-the-art facility to become the largest production centre in Ontario and Canada of soils, mixes, compost and ground covers that stimulate plant growth and make gardening easier. This amount is part of an overall investment for Premier Tech Home & Garden in Ontario of $47 million over the next five years. 

“Premier Tech is invested in the development of the regions in which it operates. The project we are announcing today will not only modernize our plants to make them state-of-the-art facilities, but also confirms our desire to make a difference in the community by maintaining and creating new jobs,” said Martin Pelletier, President of Premier Tech Growers and Consumers. 

Premier Tech is a market leader in the agriculture and horticulture industry for the retail and professional markets. It creates sustainable solutions that help bring beautiful gardens to life, increase crop yields, treat and recycle water, improve the efficiency of manufacturing facilities, and more. It operates globally, with 47 manufacturing facilities across 28 countries and a total of 5,000 employees. 

Ontario is investing more than $100 million through the Regional Development Program from 2019 to 2023 to support distinct regional priorities and challenges. The program provides cost-shared funding to businesses, municipalities and economic development organizations to help local communities attract investment, diversify their economies, and create jobs. 

The Review contacted Premier Tech Home and Garden for comment about its plans for the St-Isidore plant and the receipt of the grant from the Ontario government, but no response was received by time of publication.