Canada: Covered Bridge Potato Chips expands with $867K in government money

The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company also has an expanded tourism viewing area, gift shop and washroom facilities.Covered Bridge Potato Chips has purchased new equipment and expanded its Hartland-area manufacturing facility in New Brunswick with $867,000 in federal and provincial funding announced on Wednesday. Government officials and company president Ryan Albright did not respond to a request from CBC News for details about when the funding was provided. The announcement comes less than eight months after a strike and boycott at the plant ended with the signing of a new contract that included a pay increase for workers and more money for boot and clothing allowances. The contract dispute was settled after a New Brunswick judge rejected an application by Albright to dismantle the union. The nearly 836-square metre (9,000-square foot) expansion is expected to improve the company’s efficiencies and optimize operating space to increase production of its old-fashioned kettle chips, which are made from dark russet potatoes, harvested from the Albright family’s local farm. More