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Soprema expansion a ‘vote of confidence’

Published by Derek Lothian on November 08, 2011

By Robert Freeman, Chilliwack Progress

A multi-million expansion of the Soprema manufacturing plant in Chilliwack, B.C., was announced even as the company won the city's top business award last week.

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said the expansion is "fantastic" news for the city, in terms of new jobs and attracting new businesses.

"It means more jobs for our community," she said, which helps create an "intact" community where residents don't need to commute to make a living.

"The assumption of Chilliwack as a bedroom community is highly over-rated," she said, referring to a recently-released transportation study that shows 87 per cent of daily trips are made within the Chilliwack sub-region.

Soprema's expansion announcement "can only help" the city's business reputation, she added, and a new tax exemption bylaw should encourage more companies to locate here.

Soprema director Paul Boileau said construction of the second production plant will begin in 2012 on the north-east side of the company's current site in the Chilliwack Business Estates.

To read the full article, visit http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/133446588.html.

 

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