Construction has already begun on a $49.7 million WNY Cheese Enterprise production facility expected to produce 15 million pounds of cheddar annually.
The 30,000-square-foot project is a joint effort among Craig’s Station Creamery, the Dairy Farmers of America and Arla Foods, a Danish maker of cheeses.
The new cheese plant is expected to bring 30 jobs near Craig’s Station Creamery in York, Livingston County.
«The main drivers for this project are even stronger today than they were over two years ago when we opened the Creamery,» Chris Noble, vice president of Noblehurst Farms and partner in Craig’s Station Ventures, said in written remarks. Consumers want to know who produces their food, and they want to know that it was produced in a sustainable way.
«We thought the timing was right to bring that same message into a high-quality cheddar cheese.»
Roughly $2.5 million in grants and tax credits are being providing for the project. Up to $700,000 in tax credits will be provided through a state jobs program with the rest of the funding awarded through in grants through various state programs.
The funding package announced last week by Empire State Development — the state’s main economic development agency — follows two other projects receiving state tax incentives for job creation efforts.
McAlpin Industries held a ribbon cutting earlier this month on a nearly $5.9 million 120,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Walworth, Wayne County. The project will receive up to $400,000 in state tax credits for the creation of 24 jobs.
Meanwhile, G.W. Lisk plans to create 40 jobs in the next five years as part of a renovation of a 17,000-square-foot research and development facility, scheduled to be completed in the spring. The Phelps, Ontario County company will receive up to $600,000 in performance-based tax credits.
Source: Democratic Chronicle