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New mushroom plant coming to Portage area 0

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

Staff photo by Angela Brown ....From left to right, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie Reeve Toby Trimble, Coun. Terry Simpson, Devinder (Dave) Sangha, on behalf of Prairie Mushroom Farms, and Ron Roteliuk, with Central Plains Inc., appear at the site, west of Portage la Prairie where a new mushroom plant is being built. The operation should be up and running by spring 2011.

Staff photo by Angela Brown ....From left to right, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie Reeve Toby Trimble, Coun. Terry Simpson, Devinder (Dave) Sangha, on behalf of Prairie Mushroom Farms, and Ron Roteliuk, with Central Plains Inc., appear at the site, west of Portage la Prairie where a new mushroom plant is being built. The operation should be up and running by spring 2011.

Posted at 12:15 p.m.

Portage la Prairie will soon be home to a new mushroom plant.

At a special gathering on Friday, just west of Portage la Prairie, Central Plains Inc., the RM of Portage and Prairie Mushroom Farms announced a new mushroom plant is being built in the area and should be ready for the spring of 2011.

Prairie Mushroom Farms is building a composting plant in the Portage area and a mushroom production factory in the Oakville area as part of its plans for the area.

The total $4-million project has been in the works for a number of years.

In Portage, the mushroom compost facility is being built just west of the city at the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park area.

Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie Reeve Toby Trimble, Coun. Terry Simpson, Devinder (Dave) Sangha, on behalf of Prairie Mushroom Farms, and Ron Roteliuk, with Central Plains Inc., appeared at the location, near Portage la Prairie where the site is being built on Friday. They said they are excited about the project.

Sangha said the production process starts at the Portage site, then the mushroom compost, to be used for the production of mushrooms, is sent to the Oakville factory.

"Now the financing is in place (for the build)," said Sangha who was happy the work was going forward. "Now there is no stopping this."

He said in 2008 when the site in Portage became available the company "grabbed the opportunity."

Sangha added there is a good market in Manitoba for mushroom products. Eventually, the company also hopes to export the product to Minneapolis, United States.

The Portage area facility will be situated on property 60 acres in size, while the Oakville plant, located at the east end of Oakville, will be at a 32 acre site. These sites are also the former locations of the old K and G Mushrooms plant.

Trimble said the project has been in the planning stages since 2002.

"We are really confident the process is in the works," he said.

Central Plains Inc. was active in attracting the company to the area.

"What we are actually doing is re-establishing the mushroom industry in Manitoba," said Roteliuk.

Central Plains Inc. has been involved with Prairie Mushroom Farms, which is based out of Winnipeg, for the past four years.

City of Portage Coun. Jeff Bereza was also thrilled the project is moving ahead.

He said the project will also help spur the economy in the Portage area and help create more jobs.

"It is a really good thing for Portage la Prairie and the region actually, because it is creating new employment. But is also creating more work for some of the contractors in the area," said Bereza, who also sits on the Central Plains Inc. economic development board on behalf of the City of Portage.

abrown@cpheraldleader.com


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