Construction begins of new $16m cheese production facility in US

WCN Editorial Team 21 Jun 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Construction work has begun of a new $16m cheese-making facility at the Agri-Mark plant in Franklin County, New York.

The new cheese production facility is part of a $30m plant modernisation project, which commenced in 2016.

This expansion project is will help to retain over 100 full-time employees and also support more than 514 additional agricultural jobs in the region.

The project involves reengineering the layout of the facility, re-construction of the 110,641ft2 manufacturing centre, as well as buying of new machinery and other equipment for the facility.

Construction of a new cheese production facility will help to improve efficiency of the plant as well as the quality standards of Agri-Mark.

For the expansion project, Empire State Development is providing $6m funding and $4m is drawn from Economic Transformation Program funds.

Agri-Mark CEO Bill Beaton said: “We are excited to move into this second phase of our modernization project and to see the plant addition come to fruition.

“Our vision is to revitalize the Chateaugay facility to better support the growing needs of our local farmers, meet the appetites of our customers and consumers, and provide an improved facility for our employees.

“This investment would not be possible without the help of our partners, whom we thank for their support.”

Agri-Mark board of directors and Chateaugay dairy farmer Bill Harrigan said: “This is a significant modernization project that will ensure this plant is equipped to support future generations of local farm families, and to continue our legacy of being an economic engine in the region by supporting jobs and providing benefits to our local community.”


Rendering of the new facility in the Franklin County in Chateaugay. Credit: New York State.

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