Culture Shock

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM EDT

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July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM EDT


A report in this week's Business First shows how two global yogurt producers are transforming the economic landscape in Genesee County, which is becoming a dairy industry powerhouse.

But this didn't happen overnight. The report says the county has been courting the two companies for ten years, after market research showed the food processing industry was strong. They targeted yogurt to tie into the area's farming. The plants buy milk from Upstate Farms. The co-op includes more than 360 area dairy farmers.

Now one Batavia yogurt plant has the capacity to grow, while the other has bought more land to expand. Between the two, an estimated 236 jobs will be created in a three-year period.

Last year, New York became the top yogurt producing state in the country.

You can read more about the impact in this week's Business First.

In other news, there's new life at the former American Axle plant on East Delavan Ave. in Buffalo. A report in this week's Business First shows how OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services is using a portion of the site to produce electronically fueled equipment. It relies on electronics rather than diesel fuels so it's emission free. The IDA will vote on an incentive package for the project this week.