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Province, Feds Commit $300K for Food Processing Centre at ACC

April 26, 2019 11:11 AM | News

Mark Frison

Mark Frison, president of Assiniboine Community College, speaks during a funding announcement Friday morning. (ACC / FACEBOOK)

The federal and provincial governments are investing a combined $300,000 into a new food processing centre for animal proteins at Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College.

The new training facility will address workforce supply shortages in Manitoba’s meat processing industry.

“The food processing centre will allow Assiniboine to be responsive to the workforce development needs of employers, helping us to educate students and prepare them for in-demand jobs within this industry,” said Mark Frison, president of ACC.

The facility will be located at the college’s Victoria Avenue East campus and offer its first program next month. Future use of the centre lends itself to customized industry training and applied research.

Maple Leaf Foods, HyLife, Manitoba Pork, UFCW Local 832, as well as the Brandon Hog and Livestock Show are other funding partners involved in the centre’s construction. Overall, $640,000 is being spent to complete the facility.