RWL Holdings Ltd. gets government money to help built potato washing station

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RWL Holdings Ltd. in Travellers Rest has purchase new technology for a high-speed potato wash facility with an investment from the federal and provincial governments. From left are, Austin Roberts, co-owner of RWL Holdings Ltd, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster.

TRAVELLERS REST – A local company is getting more than half a million dollars in public money to help build a new potato washing station here.

In a joint statement on Monday, the federal and provincial governments announced $569,000 for the RWL Holdings Ltd. project.

The federal government is contributing $500,000 through ACOA’s Business Development Program and the province is pitching in the other $69,000 through its Growing Forward 2 program. The federal money is a repayable loan, the provincial money is a grant. 

The facility reportedly features the latest in automatic washing and sorting technology.

Austin Roberts, co-Owner of RWL Holdings Ltd., said in a press release that this money will allow his company to provide a valuable service to the local industry.

“With the new technology our company is helping to modernize the

potato industry here in Prince Edward Island,” said Roberts.

“This service to Island potato-growers will help increase their profits as well as help ensure the processors are receiving the best possible product. We are very grateful to both levels of government for their investments into our company and the potato industry,” he added.

Agriculture Minister George Webster said that the washing station will help local growers who use the service to get a better return on their product.

“This new equipment will help to increase the competitive position of the Island’s potato industry and achieve higher returns for producers from the marketplace,” said Webster. 

Organizations: RWL Holdings

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • FED UP
    February 24, 2014 - 19:16

    Have banks stopped loaning money altogether on PEI? It seems that everyone in the potato industry including Warren Ellis, Robert Irving and the Griffins can't seem to finance their expansions without being on the public teat.And now this fellow, who is washing potatoes going to the Irving plant, while consumers in this province have to buy dirty, green scabby potatoes to eat while the processors get nice clean french fries. Discusting.

    February 24, 2014 - 13:23

    Does anyone know of one company in PEI that is not run on Taxpayers dollars. The article calls in Government Funds but those funds come from the workers of this country who are very tired of being told there is not enough for health, education, policing, yet there is always plenty for private businesses to gather around the trough. please check out the meaning of private business and I am sure that you will find that it does not say, pay to register a company then get all operating and equipment funds from the taxpayers and keep all the profits. Only on PEI does this garbage continue.