More space for ADL

P.E.I. dairy co-op adding more room to Read’s Cor­ner dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - PLANTS

Amal­ga­mated Dairies Lim­ited is spend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $1 mil­lion to ex­pand its dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­ity at Read’s Cor­ner in Sum­mer­side.

Com­pany CEO and gen­eral man­ager Jim Bradley, says the ex­pan­sion will add about 7,500 square feet of space to the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity.

The cur­rent build­ing has been get­ting cramped in re­cent years, said Bradley, and this new ad­di­tion will al­low staff some breath­ing room.

“It will pro­vide room for growth in other por­tions of our busi­ness, whether be on the food ser­vice/retail side or the cheese busi­ness,” said Bradley. The ex­tra space will al­low staff to cre­ate a stag­ing area for out­go­ing or­ders, as well as al­low them more space while trans­fer­ring ship­ments be­tween trucks.

Re­cent in­creases in the com­pany’s cheese busi­ness will also be ac­com­mo­dated by the ex­tra stor­age space.

Bradley said that ADL is fund­ing the ex­pan­sion with no pub­lic money go­ing to­ward the pro­ject.

“The dairy pro­duc­ers of P.E.I. are the share­hold­ers of the com­pany and it’s a com­plete in­vest­ment by the com­pany,” he said. ADL ex­pects to start work­ing out of the new space by the start of April.

The com­pany does not ex­pect to hire any new staff as a di­rect re­sult of the ex­pan­sion.

The cur­rent dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­ity was built in 2012 af­ter the pre­vi­ous fa­cil­ity was gut­ted by fire in 2011.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC ME­DIA

A con­struc­tion crew works on a new ex­pan­sion to the Sum­mer­side ADL dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre. The pro­ject will add about 7,500 square feet of space to the ex­ist­ing build­ing and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by April.

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