Free BBQ and quest for staffing for ConAgra

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FarmGate Advisors Inc. is holding a barbecue on July 12, celebrating the contributions of ConAgra over the years to Chatham-Kent.

They’re also conducting a bit of a job search.

ConAgra staff will be on hand between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take job applications from local citizens seeking work.

The event takes place at 639 North St. in Dresden.

The food is free and there will be a draw.

Canning began in Dresden back in 1903, when Canadian Canners Ltd. opened operations on Metcalfe Avenue.

In 1947, operations moved to the current site on Wellington Street.

From there, improvements were made over the years, and Nabisco acquired the property in a merger in the mid-1980s. That led to additional production space a few years later.

Kraft amalgamated with Nabisco in 2001 and signage changed, but the work continued.

In 2006, CanGro takes over Kraft’s assets. Six years later, ConAgra purchased the Dresden facility.

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