N.S. puts up loan for fruit basket maker

A Nova Scotia company aims to expand the export market for its fruit and produce baskets with a $100,000 provincial loan.

E+M Burgess Enterprises, based at Newport Station, about 55 km northwest of Halifax, makes “traditional wooden baskets of various sizes and shapes” for apples, strawberries and other farm produce. Its baskets are also used by the fishing industry.

“In the past few years, the company has rebounded from a devastating fire at the plant to reach its highest production levels, expand its product lines and acquire new contracts,” the province noted in a release Monday.

The 10-year, interest-bearing loan, to come from the province’s Industrial Expansion Fund, is intended to help the company meet contract obligations and develop its export business.

“E+M Burgess is a rural, Nova Scotian company expanding its exports to markets in Canada and the U.S.,” Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris said in the release. “This loan is an investment in its future success and in rural Nova Scotia.”

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