Statement on fire at Covered Bridge Potato Chip factory

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following joint statement was issued by Premier Blaine Higgs, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Margaret Johnson, and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Greg Turner, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities New Brunswick:

Minister Turner, Minister Johnson, and I are saddened and deeply concerned about the fire that has destroyed the Covered Bridge Potato Chip facility in Hartland.

Our thoughts are with the employees, their families and members of the surrounding communities who will be affected by this heartbreaking loss.

This is a major employer in the region and a devastating loss for the company’s owners, their employees, and families. Covered Bridge, which started production in 2009, has been a tremendous presence in the community and has helped to boost the local economy as a growing business and a tourism draw.

We are thankful that there have not been any reported injuries and grateful for the aid provided by local first responders who battled not only fire but also frigid temperatures.

Our government is on the ground working with the company and we’re providing whatever assistance is available.

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