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MEIKO Clean Solutions Canada is pleased to announce that Hallmark Agencies has joined the team as our newest representative, serving MAFSI Region 26a covering British Columbia.

Camille Eisbrenner has years of industry-leading experience in foodservice equipment and supplies, and currently represents many other prominent brands, including American Panel, Bar Maid, Berner, Celco (AHT, Celcold, Nieco, Rotisol, Silver King, Spaceman) and FWE.

MEIKO customers are as varied as their industries. From restaurants to hotels, bars, hospitals, schools, universities, wineries, airports, stadiums and convention halls – you can find us anywhere food is served.

Over the years, Hallmark Agencies has earned a reputation for providing the highest standard of customer service both before and after the sale and will represent the MEIKO brand and philosophy well.

We welcome our newest valued partner to the team!

 
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Manitoba has announced a further loosening of public health restrictions, which will take effect as of March 5 at 12:01 am. 

Under the new rules, the capacity limit for restaurants and licensed premises will increase up to 50%.

All other restrictions will remain in effect, including the requirement for tables to be seated only with members of the same household. Establishments are required to verify ID that shows every diner’s address, to ensure that all adult patrons who are dining together are from the same household.

Bridge Grant Extended for Third Round

The Manitoba government has announced that it is increasing its budget for the Manitoba Bridge Grant and making a third round of payments available to help protect businesses in the province from the impacts of COVID-19.

The province is also extending the grant application deadline to March 31.

Eligible businesses that received a first and second bridge grant payment, each worth up to $5,000, will automatically receive a third equal payment beginning as early as Friday, March 5 and will be notified of the deposit via email. New program applicants will be eligible for a one-time immediate payment to a maximum of $15,000.

We encourage any business operators who have not yet applied for these funds to visit the Manitoba Bridge Grant web page to learn more about the program and how to apply.

 
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MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS., (March 2, 2021) — Bradley Corp., the industry leader in providing the most advanced and hygienic handwashing solutions, introduces its new electronic touchless roll towel dispenser. With reliable touch-free activation and jam-free operation, this new design completes the important step of drying in the handwashing process, while simplifying maintenance and lowering operational costs in washrooms.

Designed with state-of-the-art sensing technology, the dispenser turns paper jams into an annoyance of the past. Patented LiDAR sensors, which use a combination of light and radar, optimize battery life and provide the most reliable activation in the industry eliminating false activations and starts and stops. The dispensers’ durability and reliability deliver long lasting performance.

A perfect fit for medium- to high-traffic areas, the towel dispenser is customizable to each facility’s application. Adjustable settings for sheet length, time delay, sensor range and dispensing mode control usage make maintenance easy and predictable while helping to control paper usage and costs.

Compatible with a variety of paper types – and no paper contract required – facilities are able to source paper that provides the best value for its facility. Paper installs quickly with no winding or special feeding required, and the built-in stub roll uses 100% of the paper for zero waste and drops in place in seconds.

Two sleek surface-mounted models are available, including Model 2498 with ABS high-impact plastic cover and Model 2499 with a fingerprint-free 304 stainless steel cover. Both models offer a manual push bar for backup dispensing, transluscent sight window to monitor paper levels, vandal resistant covers and are ADA compliant.

“Paper jams and non-working paper towel dispensers are significant pain points for users,” said Laura Stang, Senior Product Manager, Bradley Corp., citing recent findings from Bradley’s Healthy Handwashing Survey™. “Three out of four Americans point to jammed paper towel dispensers as a top frustration in public restrooms. Our dispensers’ advanced LiDAR sensors eliminate that irritation and support hygienic hand drying, while the dispensers’ customization features enhance operational efficiency.”

For more information, visit https://www.bradleycorp.com/electronic-touchless-roll-towel-dispenser.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021, Bradley has created the most advanced, coordinated commercial washrooms and comprehensive emergency safety solutions that make public environments hygienic and safe. Dedicated to innovating healthy handwashing technologies, Bradley is the industry's leading source for the most sanitary multi-function touchless handwashing and drying fixtures. Washroom accessories, partitions, solid plastic lockers, as well as emergency safety fixtures and electric tankless heaters for industrial applications round out its product offerings. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., USA, Bradley serves commercial, institutional and industrial building markets worldwide. www.bradleycorp.com.

 
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Baltimore – March 2, 2021 – Struggling with that age-old question, “whiskey or tequila”? Sagamore Spirit says why not both? With the calendar counting down to Cinco de Mayo, the award-winning distiller today announced the release of its newest limited-edition rye whiskey that brings the best of both worlds: Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish.

 

The new offering, available nationwide, finishes Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey in Extra Añejo barrels. The result is a full-bodied yet approachable rye that telegraphs tequila in all the right ways, with hints of agave, citrus, spice, warm oak and vanilla on the nose, and even more agave, peppercorn, fig and orange to taste. Marked at a substantial 98-proof, it is a spirit meant to be sipped and savored.

 

“Melding a full-bodied rye whiskey with tequila may sound like a risky move, but our distilling team welcomes risks that can bring big rewards,” said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s president. “Like Maryland-style rye, tequila has a history that’s deeply rooted in a sense of place, so to us, this union made perfect sense. The end result perfectly captures what’s special about each spirit to give fans of both spirits something unexpected, seasonal and full of flavor – just in time for warmer weather.”

 

Despite tequila’s more than 350-year history, Extra Añejo is a newer sub-category that requires tequila to be aged for at least three years in oak barrels. Akin to rye whiskey’s aging process, Extra Añejo tequila interacts with the barrel staves longer, resulting in some of the most complex and elegant tequilas in the world. When it came time to select barrels for Tequila Finish, Sagamore Spirit’s team of distillers sought out casks that had nurtured tequila in such a way and had aged both Añejo and Extra Añejo tequila for at least seven years.

 

Tequila Finish is part of the Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series, a collection of limited-edition Maryland-style rye whiskies aged in barrels that formerly aged other spirits, wines, or beers. Past releases include Manhattan Finish, Rye Ale Finish (aged in Sierra Nevada beer barrels) and Calvados Finish.

 

While Tequila Finish will only be available for a limited time, fans can enjoy Sagamore Spirit year-round with its Signature, Double Oak, and Cask Strength rye whiskies, the distillery’s core offerings that are leading the Maryland-style rye revival across the country.

 

Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish will be available nationwide beginning March in 750ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $69. To find a bottle near you visit sagamorespirit.com/find-rye</a>.</p>"

 
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 Sherbrooke (Québec), February 26, 2021 – KP Tissue Inc. (“KPT”) (TSX: KPT) and Kruger Products L.P. (“KPLP”) today announced the completion of construction and successful start-up of their state-of-the-art Sherbrooke manufacturing facility featuring Canada’s largest and most modern through-air-dry (TAD) tissue machine. The new facility also comprises three converting lines which have been successfully commissioned.

 

I congratulate everyone involved in building our new Sherbrooke Plant,” said Dino Bianco, CEO of Kruger Products. “Considering the circumstances of the pandemic, it was an incredible feat to complete this massive project on time and on budget. It makes me very proud to be part of this organization and to be surrounded by dedicated and resourceful people who thrive on innovation and are committed to excellence. On behalf of the entire Kruger Products team, I would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to the 180 new employees who have joined our team.”

 

At maturity, the TAD tissue machine will increase the Company’s annual output by approximately 70,000 metric tonnes of bathroom tissue and paper towels for the Canadian and U.S. markets.

 

Announcing an additional $240M tissue investment

 

Kruger Products also announced today a further investment of $240M to expand the Sherbrooke operation with new production lines as well as the construction of a new tissue manufacturing facility over the next three years. This investment is part of the Company’s broader focus on expanding its business and continuing to offer high quality tissue products to customers across North America. The investment announced today is supported by the Government of Québec through Investissement Québec (“IQ”) which is investing $165M in loans.

 

 “We couldn’t be more pleased to be making this additional investment as part of our strategic growth plan. Sherbrooke will become a major production hub that will work together with our existing facilities to reach our North American markets,” said Mr. Bianco.

 

The additional capacity will allow Kruger Products to expand its product offering and is expected to enable it to grow its market share across its different categories, including bathroom tissue, paper towels and facial tissue for household and away-from-home use. These are available to consumers under such favourite brands as Cashmere®, SpongeTowels®, Scotties® and Purex® in Canada, and White Cloud® in the U.S.

 

Project Details

 

As part of the $240M investment, the Company plans to add a bathroom tissue converting line to the existing Sherbrooke plant (the “BT Line”), as well as build a new facility that will house an LDC tissue machine (the “LDC Machine”) and a facial tissue converting line (the “FT Line”).

 

Construction of this facility is anticipated to start in the summer of 2022 on a site adjacent to the Sherbrooke plant. The BT Line and the FT Line will be commissioned in 2022 and 2023 respectively, while the LDC Machine is expected to start up a year later, in 2024.

 

LDC, which stands for light dry crepe, is one of the most widely used tissue making technologies in the world. At maturity, the LDC Machine is expected to increase the Company’s annual output by at least 30,000 MT. This project is also expected to result in the creation of 141 jobs which will add to the 180 jobs already created by the previous TAD project.

 

In addition to creating jobs, the project will bring significant benefits to the region in terms of direct spending estimated at $110M and close to 410,000 person-hours for the construction of the new building and installation of the LDC Machine and two additional converting lines.

 

Financing Details

 

The $240M project is expected to be financed 100% with debt. IQ has agreed to invest $165M in the project as follows: (i) $118M, by way of a $75M convertible debenture and a $43M subordinated loan to Kruger Products SB Inc. (“KPSB”), a newly created wholly owned subsidiary of KPLP which will operate the LDC machine and FT Line in the new facility, and (ii) $47M by way of a subordinated loan to Kruger Products Sherbrooke Inc. (“KPSI”), which operates the Sherbrooke TAD facility. The debenture and loans have a ten year term.

 

As part of the commitment of the IQ financing, KPLP will be required to make annual payments of $5.8M to Kruger Brompton L.P. (“KBLP”) over a 10 year period in exchange for access to shared infrastructure and services, the transfer of properties to complete the project and KBLP’s facilitation of the capital and financing structure for the project. The remaining $75M required for the project is expected to be financed by a senior bank facility.

 

National Bank Financial acted as exclusive financial advisor to KPLP on the transaction.

 

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