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Delft Blue Expands Veal And Pork Processing Plant In New York Mills, New York

Delft Blue, a leading supplier of portion controlled cuts of veal and pork in the Northeast, will expand its production facilities and create 22 new manufacturing jobs, 50 miles east of Syracuse, in New York Mills, New York.

Delft Blue is the sole-source supplier for pork to Blue Apron Foods and Applegate Farms, two of the largest specialty 'ready to cook' meal producers in the United States. Delft Blue is also now the sole-source supplier of pork for Wegmans Food Markets.

A significant employer for Oneida County, Delft Blue employs more than 170 staff in Oneida County. With support from a $330,000 CDBG award, Delft Blue will complete the expansion of its manufacturing facility by spring 2019. Owner & President of Delft Blue, LLC Jerry Bartlese said, "Delft Blue is grateful for the state funding in support of our expansion project. We are proud to operate in Oneida County since 2003. This expansion will allow us to maintain the high quality of our products, improve our service reach and create more jobs for New Yorkers."

In 2014, Oneida County was awarded $280,000 to assist Delft Blue with an initial facility expansion, which resulted in the creation of 20 full-time jobs for low-to moderate income residents. This latest CDBG award will allow the company to meet an increase in demand of its products by expanding further and creating an additional 22 jobs.

The New York State CDBG Economic Development awards are administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and are awarded to municipalities to expand economic opportunities and create jobs. "Delft Blue's New York Mills expansion will further strengthen the manufacturing sector in the Mohawk Valley, creating new good-paying jobs and helping to grow the local economy," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "This exciting news is one more reason why this is a region on the move."

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Governor Cuomo recognizes that the CDBG program is essential to spurring economic activity and stimulating growth in the private sector. These investments in small businesses preserve and create living-wage manufacturing and agribusiness jobs that are critical to the upstate economy. The future of Delft Blue, Oneida County and the Mohawk Valley community are intertwined. This award is a benefit to all."

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