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Resident fed up with factory smell

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 06:00 am

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One Airdrie resident is raising a stink about Condillo Foods, located at 215 East Lake Blvd.

Theresa Carroll has lived in the Thorburn neighbourhood in Airdrie for more than 13 years and she is concerned about the smell coming from the factory that produces edible corn based–products such as corn chips and potato chips. Condillo is a subsidiary of Old Dutch that has been in Airdrie for 30 years.

Carroll’s compliant is with the smell that emanates from the factory, that in some instances has been so bad she said she hasn’t been able to go outside.

“I’ve smelled it when I drive by there for the last 13 years, but recently it’s become so offensive that I can smell it from my home or from Genesis Place,” said Carroll.

She has made phone calls to her neighbours and to representatives from Condillo to see what can be done about the smell of processed corn being cooked, but says, she feels the company is not doing enough to stop the smell from wafting into nearby communities.

Condillo Foods Plant Manager Derek Walker said recent issues have arisen due to a system failure in a newly installed exhaust system.

“We installed a new treatment system in November that is designed to minimize offensive odours,” said Walker.

“There was a system failure so it hadn’t been doing its job. We cook corn and we’re never going to have a completely odourless system but we’ve been making adjustments to right this issue.”

The plant employs 140 people in Airdrie and Walker says he will be examining all possible solutions to the problem, including fixing the current system.

“We’ve invested a considerable amount of money into this system and we have an image to protect,” he said.

City of Airdrie staff was not available to comment on the plant’s smell before press time.


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