Cole-Munro Foods, Canada, began construction on a new 27,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

The 10-acre lot, situated near the corner of Edward Street and Gaylord Road in St. Thomas, will employ over 50 employees.

“With two stories of glass-enclosed office space at the front of the building containing staff rooms, corporate offices and meeting rooms, the new location will have plenty of curb appeal,” says Mike Newton, co-founder of London-based Michael + Clark Construction. “The design features clear spans of 56 feet to service the needs of the company now and into the future.”

“Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world, and produces over half of all the fish we eat,” says Susan Cole, co-founder. “Our company is expanding to meet the growing consumer demand for quality and for local food. “

“Over the years we have had access to a large pool of skilled workers in St. Thomas and surrounding area,” adds Geoff Cole, co-founder. “This new processing plant will provide upgraded as well as brand new amenities to our staff, ensuring retention of existing employees and incentives for new recruits. We rely on the quality of our employees to produce the best product in the marketplace and we are pleased to continue to grow with them here in St. Thomas.”