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Batavia dairy plant gets second chance with new operators

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 18:50:33-04

Hood is planning a major expansion at an existing dairy plant that is expected to create 230 permanent jobs.

The facility was originally part of a state plan in 2013 to create more than 100 jobs, but the company operating left the plant in 2015 laying off 170 workers.

Hood purchased the plant from Dairy Farmers of America and is planning a $200 million investment, which includes building a 100,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse. The plant is going to focus on processing drink products.

"We are fortunate that our need for more capacity coincided with an opportunity to expand our capabilities in the great State of New York," John A. Kaneb, President and CEO of HP Hood LLC, said. “We have been welcomed by a resourceful and business savvy team at the Genesee County Economic Development Center and we look forward to becoming a supportive member of the local community and an employer of choice.”

When asked about the previous company failing at the location, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is all part of doing business.

"If you do economic development, you have to understand economic development," Governor Cuomo said. "For every 10 businesses that start, by the end of five years half are gone."

Governor Cuomo expects this effort to have more success.

"The facility is now actually going to be more develop, more sophisticated, create more jobs and, in some ways, do more for the dairy industry," he said.