Homestead Organics closing shop

The Homestead Organics factory outlet on Allison Avenue in Morrisburg, Ont. on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The company has announced it's going out of business in a number of days. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Update 10:53 a.m. Monday: Story updated to show final day of operation is Friday, April 13.

MORRISBURG – After 30 years in business, Homestead Organics is closing shop.

President Tom Manley told CBC News, the supplier of organic flours, seeds, feed and farm supplies was feeling pressure from creditors and changes in the organics industry.

Basically, larger companies were getting into the organics business, making competition and expansion plans a lot harder.

As well, the provincial regulator – Agricorp – had reprimanded Homestead Organics in November 2017 for being late on payments to suppliers, the public broadcaster said.

The final date of operation is Friday, April 13, 2018 as the outlet clears out its inventory.

The factory outlet is at 45 Allison Avenue in Morrisburg and has been operating since December 2013 and had expanded with a flour mill takeover in May 2015.

The Homestead Organics factory outlet on Allison Avenue in Morrisburg, Ont. on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The company has announced it’s going out of business in a number of days. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

The closure will also mean 18 people will be without a job.

Homestead Organics started in Berwick and then expanded to Morrisburg. The final expansion was in early 2016 when Homestead took over the Sebringville Feed Mill.

The closure is also expected to put an added pressure on area farmers, who will have one less source for seeds and will have to find a new supplier.

The Homestead Organics factory outlet on Allison Avenue in Morrisburg, Ont. on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The company has announced it’s going out of business in a number of days. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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