June 14th, 2012

Press Release

Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services named to market former Cambridge Fine Foods plant in southern Ontario

CAMBRIDGE (June 14, 2012) – One of southern Ontario’s top real estate teams has been engaged to sell or lease the former home for Cambridge Fine Foods just south of Highway 401.

Darren Shaw and Nick Boertien of Whitney & Company Realty Limited is marketing the 30,308-square-foot (1,726-square-metre) former food processing facility, located on just over three acres (1.2 hectares) in Cambridge’s Eastern Industrial Park at 416 Franklin Boulevard.

“This is an adaptable facility with extensive infrastructure in place,” said Darren Shaw, Vice President of Whitney. “We’re hoping that given the expertise and focus on food processing in this area, there will be someone eager to put this facility back into production.”

Given the significant infrastructure already in place  including coolers, freezers, heavy power and drains, plus excess land for potential expansion or severance, “a new occupier can be up and going quickly”, added, Nick Boertien.

“We have a very skilled workforce, which is very key here in the Waterloo Region and Guelph area,” added Bill Elliot, Vice President of Business Development for Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. “Infrastructure in the region is top notch, plus this is a good location to access the total North American marketplace under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”

Business incentives from the provincial and federal level are available, he said. Also, access to the new Conestoga College Institute for Food Processing Technology ( is a key potential attraction for food companies looking for local support in the area.

“It’s a low-risk business environment with a great quality of life in Waterloo Region,” Elliot said.

Bo Densmore, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cambridge, added that Cambridge is among the fastest growing areas in the country.

“Our strategic location astride Highway 401 in southwestern Ontario makes us an ideal location for ‘Just in Time’ manufacturing and production due our climate and excellent integrated transportation networks,” she said. “Cambridge has a diverse economic base with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, food processing, automotive, high technology, pharmaceutical, business and financial services.”

Details on the listing are available on Whitney’s website at

Just last month, John Whitney, who began his real estate career in 1975, announced plans to operate his new firm known as Whitney & Company Realty Limited based in Waterloo.

Whitney is also renovating an industrial building at 103 Bauer Pl. in Waterloo to as the company’s new headquarters.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Shaw, SIOR
VP, Client Advisory Services
Sales Representative
Tel:      519 746 6300


Nick Boertien,
Client Advisory Services,
Sales Representative
Tel:      519-746-6300 x 249

About Shaw Boertien

SHAW I BOERTIEN is organized to provide a comprehensive range of brokerage services and value added business advice. The team specializes in the office, industrial, investment and corporate services sectors in Waterloo Region, Guelph and surrounding areas.

About Whitney & Company Realty Limited

Whitney & Company Realty Limited is a full service real estate company practicing in the mid-western Ontario market.

The Whitney family has a long history providing real estate services. In 1911 Charles Isaac Fenwick Whitney established a real estate firm in Toronto. In 1931 George Whitney opened a Kitchener office called George Whitney Limited. His son Richard joined the firm in 1946 and worked in the commercial real estate and appraisal business.

John Whitney joined the firm in 1975 and the firm became Whitney & Company. The business is wholly owned by John Whitney and he is proud of his family history and years of providing real estate advice and service to his community.