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Empire Specialty Cheese Invests $6.37 Million To Open Production Facility in Ashville, New York

Empire Specialty Cheese Co. will invest $6.37 million to open a production facility in Ashville, New York, creating more than 200 jobs. The company will purchase and upgrade an idle manufacturing facility in Chautauqua County to accommodate new and existing cheese production processes.

The cheese producer purchased the former AFA meat processing plant at 277 Fairfield Road in Ashville, New York, near Jamestown, in the southwestern part of the Empire State. The company had been searching for an adequate location to expand operations in southwestern New York, as its current location was no longer viable for the growing business. The new plant will allow the business to process and package cheese for private labeling and expand the product lines to include a wide variety of cubed and shredded cheeses.

The project involves building renovation along with the purchase of new machinery and equipment. The company plans to add 204 jobs over five years, after the facility is completed next year. The project will also create new demand for local milk production and potentially re-employ workers at the facility that were terminated less than 24 months ago.

Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency, assisted Empire Specialty Cheese Co. with its expansion project by providing $650,000 in Excelsior Job Program tax credits.

“We are grateful for the Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits we will receive from New York State,” said Empire Specialty Cheese Co. Owner Antimo Caparco. “This support allows us to provide new jobs in a larger facility and expand our product line.”

Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner said, “Empire Specialty Cheese Co. first found success as a small manufacturer of cheese and is now expanding its product line to multiple private labels. Its success is bringing job opportunities to hundreds of new employees and “new jobs” are two words that we love to hear.”

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