Construction of Byrne Dairy Plant Delayed, $750k Grant Awarded
Some issues with construction bidding and minor changes to the project design have delayed the start of construction on the new Byrne Dairy yogurt and cheese manufacturing plant in Cortlandville, meanwhile the company has been awarded $750 thousand dollars in State funds to offset project costs.
According to Byrne Dairy General Counsel Jim Goshier construction was planned to commence in June, but some delays in bidding steel for the new factory caused the ground breaking to be pushed back.
Byrne Dairy is building a 40 thousand square foot Greek yogurt facility, 10 thousand square foot cheese processing facility, and a 10 thousand square foot farm to table visitor’s center. The project also includes an outdoor amphitheatre and a guest lodge for corporate sleepovers.
The $30 million dollar project has received over $3.5 million in local tax breaks including a $320 thousand dollar break in sales taxes on construction materials, a $250 thousand dollar waiver of the mortgage recording tax, and 20 year property tax abatement worth $2.9 million. In exchange the company pledges to create nearly 80 new well paying jobs, in addition to the prospect of future growth.
Last night the Town of Cortlandville received a $750 thousand dollar Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the dairy manufacturer, $734,000 will go towards equipment for the yogurt plant, while $16,000 will go toward administration of the grant.
Byrne is planning to hold employee recruitment fairs in the months ahead, the new facility is expected to be up and running by this coming January.