Byrne Dairy Clears Final Hurdle, Ground Breaking in June
The Cortlandville Town Board has given dairy manufacturer Byrne Dairy the final approval to move ahead with plans to build a $30 million dollar yogurt and cheese plant, the company expects to break ground in June.
In a unanimous vote last night the town board issued an aquifer permit to Byrne Dairy in conjunction with the companies plan for a 40 thousand square foot manufacturing facility, 30 thousand square feet will be used to make yogurt, and the other 10 thousand square feet will be used for a specialty cheese manufacturing operation.
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper says it’s remarkable how well this project was put together and in such a relatively short amount of time. He says this development has the potential to shape growth and development in the town and county for years to come.
The project also includes a farm to table visitor’s center that will give visitors to the plant an opportunity to see a working farm with 10 to 20 cows; they can tour the plant to see the raw milk made into yogurt and cheese.
Byrne Dairy’s initial phase will cost about $20 million dollars and will create 75 jobs over the next 5 years. Within three years the company hopes to begin phase two of the development which involves an expansion of the yogurt plant and the construction of refrigerated warehouse space. The third and future phases would involve the development of other related products. At full build out the Byrne Dairy project could result in the creation of 300 jobs.
The project is being incentivized; recently the County I-D-A approved a $3.5 million dollar tax abatement package that includes reductions in property, sales, and mortgage recording taxes.
Last night The Cortlandville Town board also approved the company’s application for another $1.8 million in state grants and low interest loans. The project has already been awarded a $500 thousand dollar grant from the Empire State Development Office.
Byrne will commit $1.1 million to the project, which is the money to buy the 127 acre business park. The company will borrow $18.9 million. The state grant funds will be used to purchase the equipment for the plant.
Byrne Dairy Attorney and project manager Jim Goshier says this is an expensive project and Byrne Dairy needs the assistance to make this plant viable.
The dairy plant will use as much as 10 million gallons of milk annually, the company plans to purchase that milk within a 30-mile radius of the facility, which will benefit local farmers. The state farm bureau estimates that for every one dairy-manufacturing job created, five other jobs are created in related fields.
The plant is expected to be in operation by next January.