MORELL — Blueberry processor, Jasper Wyman and Son, is doubling its capacity with financial help, tax credits and a rebate from the provincial government.
The expansion will lead to a doubling of the Wyman’s workforce from 25 full-time and 70 seasonal jobs to 50 full-time and 140 seasonal jobs.
The province is supporting the expansion with a term loan of $16 million and an Enrichment Investment Credit of $1.5 million to assist with taxes payable on assets purchased for the expansion.
The company will also receive a $500,000 grant; an Innovation and Development Labour Rebate of $425,000 payable once new jobs have been created at the facility; and up to $75,000 from the Skills P.E.I. Workforce Development Fund to assist Wyman’s in training new employees.
“Where Wyman’s was once capable of processing a little more than eight million pounds of blueberries annually, this new expanded facility will be able to process between 18 and 20 million pounds of blueberries each year,” said Premier Robert Ghiz. “Every blueberry Wyman’s purchases in Atlantic Canada can now be processed here in Morell – creating a ready market for Island growers and adding value to our vital agriculture sector.”
Jasper Wyman and Son is a privately-owned company based in Millbridge, Maine, with extensive operations in the fresh and processed berry business.
The company has been operating in Maine since 1874 and has operated a blueberry processing plant in Morell since 1998.