It's not every day (or every year for that matter) that Sarnia gets a new plant, so when it happens, it's reason enough to celebrate.
Such is the case with the "ground breaking" of BioAmber's new facility on Wednesday (May 16), to be located in the Lanxess Bio-Industrial Park, the result of what BioAmber CEO Jean-Francois Huc said was an exhaustive search involving roughly 100 potential sites throughout North America.
Among those sharing the podium with Huc at a ceremony held at the future plant site were Member of Parliament Pat Davidson, MPP Bob Bailey and Mitsuhiko Kawai, president and CEO of Mitsui & Co. North America.
MP Davidson said the BioAmber project is "tremendously important" to the area.
MPP Bailey said he was pleased to be able to make the event.
Mitsui and BioAmber are joint venture partners in building the Sarnia plant, which will employ about 40 full-time workers. About 150 workers will be employed during the construction of the facility.