Empire State Development Announces Innovative Dairy Processing Facility in Livingston County
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that WNY Enterprise LLC, a partnership between Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Craigs Station Ventures (CSV), will build a new 14,000-square-foot cold milk separation facility in the Town of York. The $12 million project, which will receive $150,000 in Excelsior tax credits from ESD, will create 11 new jobs.
“This innovative facility will help local dairy farmers meet growing milk demands while creating new jobs,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Agribusiness is an important sector of the Upstate New York economy and with WNY Enterprise LLC’s dairy processing facility coming online soon we’ll be well positioned to access new markets.”
The plant will be located at Noblehurst Farms. The multi-generational family dairy farm in Livingston County is part of CSV, which is owned by eight dairy farms located in Livingston and Wyoming counties.
“Consumers want to know who produces their food, but they also want us to demonstrate that their food is produced in a way that minimizes impact on the environment,” said Christopher Noble, a dairy farmer with CSV. “We developed this project with those thoughts in mind.”
The facility will receive approximately 1 million pounds per day of fresh milk and separate it into roughly 990,000 pounds per day of standardized milk and cream. The plant will be powered with renewable energy from an anaerobic digester.
DFA is a national milk marketing cooperative and dairy foods processor that serves nearly 13,000 members by marketing their milk and identifying opportunities to add value through investments in plants and branded dairy products.
“Partnering with farmers allows DFA and our partners to utilize combined capital to develop sound projects that will deliver value to all DFA members,” said Rick Smith, president and chief executive officer of DFA. “This investment is consistent with our strategy to deliver value to members by better serving our customers, maintaining markets for our members and developing local plant opportunities.”
Livingston County IDA Director Julie Marshall said, “Agriculture is the number one industry in Livingston County. We are pleased to partner with WNY Enterprise, LLC and Craigs Station Ventures on this innovative agribusiness project.”
Town of York Supervisor Gerald Deming and the town support the WNY Enterprise LLC project.
Wegmans Vice President for Special Projects, Bill Strassburg, also spoke at today’s event on behalf of Danny Wegman, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair and Wegmans CEO.
About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.
About Livingston County IDA The Livingston County Industrial Development Agency is a chartered public benefit corporation of the State of New York that has the authority to finance development projects. Its mission is to implement projects through incentives, conduit financing, project development expertise and direct sales of “shovel ready” sites. It is governed by a seven member board appointed by the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. Visit www.livingstoncountydevelopment.com.