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Agri-Business Park will get first tenant this month

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park will welcome its first tenant later this month, when Marktec moves from a city location to the 202-acre center for food processors.

Owner William E. Cox said his firm, which makes bar code labels for processors, will relocate by the end of the month. The building is near the business park entrance, off East Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia.

Meanwhile, workers are nearing completion of Alpina Foods' $20 million operation, which is slated to open in early summer with 50 employees.

Alpina is selling two of its Greek yogurt products at Tops Markets dairy counters this month. The operation is the first in the United States for the Bogota, Colombia-based food processor.

Across an access road will be another yogurt-manufacturing operation, owned by PepsiCo and Theo Mueller, a giant dairy operation in Germany. Loyal to its employer, signs at two entrances read: "Only PepsiCo beverages are allowed beyond this point."

Known as Project Wave, the first wall is being erected on the $206 million, 363,000-square-foot plant scheduled to open next year. It will employ about 185.

Scores of workers are completing site preparation and will soon begin connecting water and sewer lines to the nearby city system. Eventually, Mueller will use municipal wells on Cedar Street at the city's eastern border.

The business park is near O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative. The 200-acre park -- said to be the first in New York devoted solely to food processing -- will rely on the numerous dairy farms in Genesee and Wyoming counties. Each county has more than 40,000 cows.

The park is one of seven industrial sites being developed by the Genesee County Economic Development Center in partnership with an affiliate of Farm Credit East.

About half the acreage is not committed.