Quality Cheese to occupy former Pfizer plant, employ up to 60

March 11, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville will be the site of a new manufacturing location for Quality Cheese Inc., a Vaughan-based, award-winning Canadian cheese manufacturer.

Quality Cheese has purchased the former Pfizer drug manufacturing facility at 40 Centennial Road and will take possession later this month.

The plant which had manufactured medications for animals, closed in May 2010 as part of a consolidation effort announced five years earlier.

Following a number of interior renovations, Quality Cheese will initially employ about 20 people, with future expansion plans that could triple that workforce.

The new Orangeville location will mark an expansion of the enterprise. “We are very excited about expanding our operations and opening a facility in Orangeville,” said Joe Borgo, the firm’s Director of Operations. “The Orangeville plant is ideally located in proximity to our milk suppliers and is well-appointed to support our future expansion plans.”

“Orangeville is a perfect place for premium quality food production facilities like this. Quality Cheese’s new Orangeville location ideally places them between rural Ontario’s  agricultural production and the greater Toronto area market,” said Mayor Jeremy Williams. “Their location is also well situated to access the entire North American market.”

The mayor said the tow “is greatly looking forward to having the Borgo family’s cheese-making expertise  return here. We look forward to their continued success.”

With historical roots in the local area, the Orangeville location was a natural choice for Quality Cheese Inc. After making cheese with his own father in the mountains of Asiago, Italy, Almerigo Borgo immigrated to Canada and started his cheese production business just outside Orangeville in 1957. Working with local dairy farmers and the Orangeville-based dairy, Mr. Borgo grew the business with an unwavering commitment to hard work and the production of quality products.

Today, the fourth-generation family business is located in Vaughan, and is managed by Almerigo’s three sons, William, Albert and Joe.

Quality Cheese now manufactures more than a dozen specialty cheeses under its Bella Casara and Albert’s Leap brands, as well as other food brands.

Commitment to hard work and quality product remains evident in the high level of enthusiasm in the current generation of Borgo owners. By blending traditional recipes with contemporary manufacturing processes to create authentic and innovative products, the business has continued to flourish.

Among its many awards and accolades, Quality Cheese Inc. won two firsts in the biennial Canadian Grand Prix Competition, winning the both the Grand Champion and the best-in-show titles for excellence – the first time an Ontario-based cheese manufacturer has won since the competition began in 1998.

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