Thursday, January 11, 2018

Schlegels to build turkey plant

The Schlegel family that owns Belwood Poultry is planning to build an $8.1-million turkey processing plant where there now is a cold storage facility in Windsor.

The city has given the company a 10-year break on property taxes worth more than $821,000.

There are two Schlegel families, both with substantial turkey quota and nursing homes. The ones that own Belwood Poultry are based in the London area.

The other Schlegel family, which is Canada’s largest turkey-producing business, is based in Kitchener and also owns nursing homes.

It recently bought the St. Jacobs Market property, the next-door stockyards property and some nearby properties, including the site of the TSC store, an antiques mall and a bulk foods store.

Windsor’s tax break convinced Belwood to make its investment inside city limits.

The further-processing business will sell to markets on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border and will generate about 50 jobs.