New own­ers for cheese plant in In­gle­side

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - LOCAL NEWS -

no­vem­ber saw the mourn­ing of a hugely suc­cess­ful Corn­wall leader Gerry Ben­son, who’d passed away at the age of 78 at the end of oc­to­ber.

Ben­son, founder of the Ben­son Group was a dy­namic leader, said Corn­wall busi­ness man roy Perkins.

“(Gerry) and wife (Claudette’s) fin­ger­prints are all over the city of Corn­wall (and be­yond),” he said.

The big news out of south stor­mont was the plan to sell the In­gle­side Kraft plant to Par­malat. The deal cost $1.62 bil­lion and the 400 em­ploy­ees would be trans­ferred to Par­malat spa. The deal is ex­pected to close at the end of 2019.

“I’m glad to see some­one is tak­ing it over. we’re talk­ing about 400 good jobs for this com­mu­nity, plus all the spinoff for the other in­dus­tries that have been do­ing busi­ness with Kraft heinz,” said McGil­lis. “I think every­thing will be al­right, it all looks good ... Kraft heinz has been a good cor­po­rate cit­i­zen for us for many years, and I hope that Par­malat will be the same.”

The deal would be help­ful to both com­pa­nies. The money from the deal would al­low Kraft heinz trim its debt and al­low Par­malat’s par­ent com­pany, lac­talis, to ex­tend its north amer­i­can foot­print.

Corn­wall res­i­dents had a real mys­tery on their hands when Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Po­lice ser­vice blocked off a large por­tion of a va­cant lot on adol­phus street be­tween sixth and sev­enth streets on re­mem­brance day. Po­lice were tight-lipped about the block­off and would just ver­ify po­lice were called to in­ves­ti­gate an in­ci­dent al­leged to have oc­curred.

no­vem­ber also saw the last meet­ing of coun­cil af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in oc­to­ber. Mayor les­lie o’shaugh­nessy re­jected the no­tion the coun­cil was “frac­tured.”

“It was diplo­macy. It is our right, as in­di­vid­u­als, to bring for­ward what we be­lieve is best for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. It’s not be­ing di­vided; it’s diplo­macy, and some­times diplo­macy is not pretty and may not be re­ceived well by the pub­lic, but then again, it is what it is,” said o’shaugh­nessy. “you all, hope­fully, have un­der­stood that you had the op­por­tu­nity to voice your opin­ions and en­sure that ev­ery voice around this ta­ble was heard.”

out in south stor­mont, deputy mayor-elect david smith was fac­ing an ethics in­quiry. It was al­leged he was in­volved in an ar­gu­ment at a lo­cal busi­ness es­tab­lish­ment which caused the com­plaint to be filed.

an­other strike hit the city in no­vem­ber as 125 union­ized em­ploy­ees at Bax­trom’s your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer walked off the job. The em­ploy­ees were look­ing for bet­ter wages and short­ert­erm con­tracts.

“we’ve said this at (union) mem­ber’s meet­ings and at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble: our hope has al­ways been to bar­gain to a fair deal on (the key) is­sues,” said roland lap­ins, the uFCw’s east re­gion di­rec­tor.

ALAN S. HALE/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

A mem­ber of the hon­our guard and the cer­e­mony MC on Nov. 11.

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