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Local toy company buying land for business expansion

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Cathy Dobson  

An international toy company based in Point Edward is purchasing five acres (two hectares) of land in the Sarnia Business and Research Park along Modeland Road.

City council approved the land sale for $50,000 per acre to Creative Education of Canada on July 8.

The company also has the right of first refusal on an adjacent five acres, for up to five years.

Creative Education of Canada has designed and manufactured a wide range of toys and children’s costumes in Point Edward for 30 years, including its award-winning Great Pretender line.

No plans have been finalized for the Sarnia property, said Creative Education co-owner Reid Campbell.

“We are in the early stages of planning,” he said.  “Our business is growing and we need to look at the longer term.”

Engineering drawings submitted to the city by the company show an office, a production area and warehouse in the business and research park.

Campbell declined to say if Creative Education intends to stay in Point Edward where it operates with two facilities, one in the DMI Building on Mara Street and another at the corner of Front and Lite streets.

Joyce Keelan

The company was founded by Joyce Keelan in 1989 and employs about 45 people worldwide including 35 in Point Edward.

Its toys, jewellery and accessories are designed and manufactured with offices in four countries and three global warehouses.

The parcel of land being purchased in Sarnia is located south of Wellington Street, just east of Modeland Road.

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