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Company proposes quarry in potato country

May 3, 2011  By The Toronto Star


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Orangeville, Ont – An American-backed company that assembled farmland north of
Orangeville to grow potatoes has applied to develop one of Canada’s biggest
rock quarries.

April 26, 2011,
Orangeville, Ont – An American-backed company that assembled farmland north of
Orangeville to grow potatoes has applied to develop one of Canada’s biggest
rock quarries.

The Highland Companies,
backed by Boston-based hedge fund Baupost Group, proposes to dig what it calls
a “mega-quarry” from a top-quality limestone deposit just north of Shelburne in
Melancthon Township.

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John Lowndes of Headwater
Farms has assembled more than 3,400 hectares (8,500 acres), including the
area’s two largest potato operations — Downey Potato Farms and Wilson Farms —
turning Highland Companies into Ontario’s biggest potato grower, packer and
distributor. It produces 45.5 million kilograms (100 million pounds) a year.

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