Sarnia-Lambton is located within one of the three largest food and beverage processing regions in North America. This provides immediate entry to key North American food markets for both inputs and finished products, and access to a market of nearly 400 million people through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Sarnia-Lambton’s Food Processing Advantages
- Industrial infrastructure capable of servicing food processing facilities ranging in size from start-up to global scale.
- Excellent selection of private and municipal industrial land, including both greenfield and brownfield opportunities. (Business Parks)
- Existing facilities with potential to retrofit for food processing uses. (see our Real Estate Listings)
- Quality workforce with processing education and access to process based programs offered at LAMBTON COLLEGE.
- Energy infrastructure including over 2,300 MW of natural gas, 120 MW of solar, and 420 MW of proposed wind based electrical generating capacity.
- Substantial natural gas capacity highlighted by the UNION GAS’ DAWN STORAGE COMPLEX—Canada’s largest natural gas trading facility.
- The LAMBTON AREA WATER SUPPLY (LAWS) water distribution system, which sources clean water from Lake Huron.
- Access to a plentiful supply of high quality raw product for inputs, including Ontario’s largest acreages of soybeans and wheat, as well as corn, specialty crops of tomatoes and bell peppers, and many varieties of fruits and vegetables. There is also a wide range of livestock, including beef and dairy cattle, pigs and poultry.
Multiple Routes to Multiple Markets
Through various transportation modes, Sarnia-Lambton provides valuable logistic benefits for companies seeking access to the large Ontario and Midwest American consumer base.
- Land – Highway 402 connects Sarnia-Lambton with Ontario’s 400-series highway system to the east and Michigan’s Interstate 94/69/75 network via the international Blue Water Bridge. Facilities at the Blue Water Bridge complex include offices for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and many customs brokers, ensuring the quick and efficient movement of food to the United States market.
- Rail – Serviced by CN North America and CSX Transportation, Sarnia-Lambton provides access to the St. Clair rail tunnel, which accommodates double stacked containers, connecting Sarnia with Michigan and the Midwest US states.
- Ship – Bordered by water, and a link in the St. Lawrence Seaway system, Sarnia-Lambton is home to the Port of Sarnia, ship fueling and repair facilities, and several deep water docking locations.
Join these established companies and grow your business in Sarnia-Lambton.
MUNRO HONEY – since 1914, has grown to be one of the largest producers, packers, and exporters of Ontario Honey and hive products. The company operates a 12,000 square foot facility from which honey and mead products are sold under the Munro Honey label.
PURDY FISHERIES LTD. – founded in 1900 on the shores of the St. Clair River in Point Edward. The company catches and processes fish from Lake Huron including pickerel, yellow perch, whitefish, lake trout, and catfish. Processed fish are sold to grocers, food markets, and fine restaurants around Canada and the United States.
TWIN PINES ORCHARDS & CIDER HOUSE – a key player in Sarnia-Lambton’s growing alcoholic beverage sector. The company processes various hard ciders, ice cider and cyser. This is accompanied by the production of various sauces, baked goods, and other apple-based food products.
Partnerships, Collaborations, and Industry Support
ONTARIO FOOD CLUSTER – Represented by eleven regional, city and community members—including Sarnia-Lambton— the Ontario Food Cluster welcomes international investments in its growing cluster of 3,200 companies. Approaching $36.9 billion in manufacturing revenue, they take advantage of Canada’s largest pool of agrifood talent. Currently, the Ontario Food Cluster is among the three largest food and beverage processing jurisdictions in North America – and is the largest in Canada. For more information, please visit: www.ontariofoodcluster.com
SARNIA LAMBTON INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE (SLIA) – A cluster of manufacturers, machine shops, engineering and environmental service companies, that provide high quality, innovative and precision services to help develop new products, establish and improve production quality, reduce overall costs and add value to outside organizations, including those in the food processing industry.
Site Selection Support
Staff at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership will work with prospective companies to develop free business cases to assess the viability of a facility to be located in Sarnia-Lambton. Please contact Matthew Slotwinski.