NS: Two new manufacturers headed for Annapolis County

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By Stephen Hawboldt, The Spectator

One mystery manufacturer will take over the former Convergys call centre building in Cornwallis; the other will be leasing a portion of the former Britex building in Centerlea for manufacturing heating pellets.

The former Convergys building may soon be home to another company. - File photo

[CORNWALLIS, NS] - It is likely that the western end of Annapolis County will be welcoming two new manufacturing enterprises over the next few months, according to Cody Joudry, economic development officer for the municipality.

It was reported to Annapolis County councillors at their April committee of the whole council that an agreement of sale has been signed for the sale of the former Convergys call centre on the Burns Hill Road in Cornwallis. The sale is expected to close at the end of June. The building is owned by the Digby Annapolis Development Corporation, a municipal corporation jointly controlled by Annapolis County and the District of Digby.

Joudry said that the purchaser is a manufacturer from western Nova Scotia. He would not confirm or deny if it business was related to the rapidly expanding mink industry. He said that formal announcements will be forthcoming over the next few months.

In a second project, West Nova Agro Commodities Ltd. will be leasing a portion of the former Britex building in Centerlea for manufacturing heating pellets from forage crops. A company spokesperson, Jonathan McClelland, confirmed that the enterprise would begin operations later this year. He said that formal announcements were forthcoming.

McClelland said that the enterprise will turn hay into pellets to fuel heating plants in larger industrial and commercial buildings. Annapolis County is currently investigating the feasibility of converting municipal properties to heat with hay pellets.

In August 2012, the federal and provincial governments announced $1.3 million to assist West Nova in establishing this pellet manufacturing enterprise. West Nova Agro is a community-owned corporation that operates the grain elevator in Lawrencetown. One of the first enterprises established under the community business development program, its mandate is to support the agricultural sector to develop new opportunities.

Organizations: Convergys, Cornwallis, Digby Annapolis Development West Nova Agro Commodities Britex

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Burns Hill Road Digby Centerlea Lawrencetown

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