Lots of consumers are saying cheese – so many that Corfu cheesemaker Yancey’s Fancy is planning a $20.7 million expansion to keep up with demand.
The 66-year-old company plans to build a new $18.2 million plant in Pembroke. The 112,000-square-foot building would be situated on 12 acres in Buffalo East Technology Park at the southwest corner of Routes 5 and 77.
The company also plans to expand its current manufacturing facility on Main Street in Corfu. Its 30,000-square-foot manufacturing area will get a 3,500-square-foot addition to hold new machinery. Methods using the old machinery produced whey in a certain form the company paid to have removed. The new machinery will allow it to be made into a salable product.
The total price tag for planned work on Main Street is set at $2.5 million.
Yancey’s Fancy had originally announced plans to triple the size of its Corfu facility. After the company began planning, however, it found those plans were not feasible within the confines of the current property.
Thursday, the Genesee County Economic Development Center board of directors gave preliminary approval to $1.6 million in incentives for the proposed plant, including property, sales and mortgage tax abatements.
“Agribusiness is a strategic business for Genesee County,” said Chris Suozzi, vice president of business development at the GCEDC. “Yancey’s Fancy has been a tremendous partner, and we’re proud to see them grow and help them continue to grow.”
Yancey’s Fancy employs 108 people and expects to add about 50 new jobs over the next four years.
The company was known as Kutters Cheese until 1998, when it was purchased by longtime business associate and former owner of Heluva Good Cheese, John Yancey. Yancey’s Fancy was then acquired by D&Y Cheeses, which is owned by Philadelphia-based meat and cheese producer Dietz & Watson.
Today, Yancey’s Fancy makes and sells more than 45 varieties of cheese.