Custom ingredient maker Baldwin Richardson Foods is investing $50 million to expand its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Wayne County, New York. The project is expected to create 60 new jobs.
The company plans to make necessary equipment, technology and construction investments at the facilities located in the Towns of Macedon and Williamson in an effort to meet the changing requirements for food manufacturing and labeling that consumers are demanding. Additionally, this two-phase, major investment will allow BRF to expand product lines and enhance sustainability practices at each facility.
"Baldwin Richardson Foods pairs a legacy of customer commitment with state-of-the-art technology to stay at the forefront of innovation,” said Erin Tolefree, President of Baldwin Richardson Foods. “This significant investment will enable us to strengthen not only that commitment but also the economy of Wayne County and the Finger Lakes Region as we provide new jobs and the environmental stewardship necessary for a sustainable future. We look forward to continued partnership to revitalize the communities of this region."
The expansions will position Baldwin Richardson Foods to achieve World Economic Forum Lighthouse status, a commitment of efficiency and productivity and environmental stewardship. Now underway, the company expects the major expansion project to be completed in late 2024.
"Our investment in Baldwin Richardson Foods reflects Governor Hochul's commitment to regional economic development strategies that are growing the economy,” added Empire State Development Commissioner, President & CEO Hope Knight. “ESD is proud to support this company's forward-looking expansion, with its plans to incorporate innovative tech, promote sustainability, meet consumer demand and create next-generation jobs for the Finger Lakes region."
Empire State Development has offered up to $2.5 million in Excelsior Jobs Tax Program credits in exchange for job creation commitments and a $2 million Capital Grant. Wayne County, RG&E and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the transformative project.
“Baldwin Richardson Food's history of excellence and the abundant food and beverage manufacturing assets in the Greater Rochester, NY region, including talent, innovative technologies, and connectivity to a fully integrated supply chain made this the best location for this expansion,” said Matt Hurlbutt, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise. “We look forward to supporting their growth as they continue to invest here."
Baldwin Richardson Foods manufactures and private labels custom food toppings, fillings, sauces and syrups with the highest quality ingredients. The company is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois and operates an Innovation & Culinary Center a few miles away in Westmont.
"Baldwin Richardson's investment in modernization, resiliency, efficiency, and innovation will drive the growth of their business and we are so proud to have them in Wayne County,” noted Wayne County Director of Economic Development and Planning Brian Pincelli. “With two facilities in Wayne County they represent an important part of, not only the County's economy, but the State and regional economy as well."