ST-ALBERT -- Almost a year and a half after the devastating fire, the process of re-building the St. Albert Cheese Factory draws ever nearer to completion. Test batches will be attempted soon, with full production planned for the fall of 2014, according to Nathalie Brunette, company spokesperson for the St. Albert Cheese Co-op Inc.
"We are still working on the construction, finishing the installations and adjusting the new machinery," said Brunette.
Some equipment testing using water has already occurred at the new plant, she said. Test runs using actual milk to make the first cheese at the fromagerie since the fire had yet to begin when Brunette spoke to The AgriNews in early July. But that milestone was expected to begin soon and wrap up by the end of the month, she said.
If all goes as planned, she said, members of the public attending the popular Cheese Curd Festival (Aug. 13-17) should have an opportunity to visit the rebuilt factory. Updates and information can be found on the Co-op's Facebook page and Twitter account. Their new website is set to be launched by the end of July.
The February 2013 blaze levelled the longtime production facility in the village synonymous with the Co-op's output of cheese and curd for over a century.