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World's dairy giants to invest $49.7 million in New York

Staff Writer |
Empire State will give $2 million in state funding to support the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot WNY Cheese Enterprise facility in Livingston County.

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The $49.7 million production facility will be part of an innovative collaboration between Craig’s Station Ventures, Denmark-based Arla Foods, and Dairy Farmers of America, a national, farmer-owned, dairy cooperative in the United States with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri and Syracuse, New York.

The facility will create 30 new jobs and is projected to produce approximately 15 million pounds of cheese annually, which will then be transported and packaged for retail sale.

Empire State Development will provide more than $2 million in funding to support the $49.7 million project, including a $1.3 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative Capital Grant.

Additionally, up to $700,000 will be awarded in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in return for 30 new jobs.

The project is also made possible by a $506,000 Community Development Block Grant from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, which was awarded to Livingston County.

The new agriculture collaboration taking place at the cheese production facility will include DFA managing operations and holding a controlling stake in the venture. Additionally, Arla will have a 20 percent stake in the facility and will market cheese produced in Livingston County.

Craig’s Station Creamery, a collaboration between DFA and Craig’s Station Ventures – a partnership of eight Livingston and Wyoming county dairy farms – will hold the remaining stake in the enterprise.

In total, these local farms are expected to supply over 16 million gallons of raw milk each year. Construction of the new facility is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

“This new production facility and agricultural collaboration will support upstate dairy farmers, create jobs, and help bring more New York products to the national stage,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

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