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Byrne Dairy's Ultra Dairy Expands Operations in Onondaga County, New York

Byrne Dairy's Ultra Dairy plant plans a $24 million expansion of its production center in the Onondaga County city of Dewitt, New York. The project is the first phase of the company's $125 million plan to expand and create nearly 250 jobs.

In addition to the 30 new jobs, the Ultra Dairy expansion will result in the retention of almost 200 jobs at the facility. The company's Ultra Dairy plant, located at 6750 W. Benedict Road, Dewitt, first opened in 2004.

According to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office, the initial phase will create 30 new jobs and includes a 42,000 square foot expansion that will allow the plant to increase its packaging capability as well as add additional processing capacity and storage space. Over the course of three phases supported by a $15 million State investment, the company is planning several additional projects at its other production and warehouse facilities.

In addition to the Ultra Dairy expansion, Byrne Dairy has proposed several additional projects at its other production and warehouse facilities. The projects are being supported by $7.5 million CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant, and another $7.5 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program in exchange for the job creation commitments.

Additional projects include a further expansion of the Ultra Dairy facility, expansion of the company's yogurt and cultured product facility in Cortlandville, and an expansion of its warehouse capabilities in Syracuse and Dewitt which will result in the creation of 248 new jobs.

Carl Byrne, President & CEO of Byrne Dairy, said, "We're excited to begin this next chapter of Ultra Dairy's growth. Our ability to expand to meet the growing demands of our customers is critical to the success of not only Byrne Dairy, but also family farms throughout Central New York. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, Empire State Development has been a strategic partner in ensuring Byrne Dairy's continued growth.”

"Dairy is a major part of our agricultural industry, and the expansion of operations at Byrne Dairy will help to further grow this critical sector of our economy," Governor Cuomo said. "Byrne Dairy is a fourth generation, family owned New York business, and its expansion will create jobs, spur economic development, and help Central New York continue to rise."

"Smart economic development is about creating jobs and expanding in areas where we excel, and New York State's agricultural community is second to none," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Byrne Dairy is a staple in Central New York and this investment will continue to grow the State's thriving agricultural sector bringing jobs and opportunities to the region."

Originally founded in 1933, Byrne Dairy currently operates four production facilities in central New York. In addition to the extended shelf life facility, the company operates a fresh milk plant, an ice cream plant in downtown Syracuse, and a yogurt/cultured products facility in Cortlandville. The storied company also has wholesale distribution centers throughout New York State and in Massachusetts. The company also operates a chain of over 60 convenience stores throughout Upstate New York.

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