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Genesee County agency hopes to build on past economic successes

BATAVIA – Genesee County’s Economic Development Center this year hopes to build on the success it enjoyed last year, officials said Friday at the annual report luncheon before 150 business leaders and county and state elected officials.

Last year the former industrial development agency exceeded its goals, in large part due to a new tenant in its Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in the Town of Batavia.

Muller Quaker, a German dairy in its first venture in the U.S., partnered with PepsiCo, the soda and snack maker, to build a $2 million food-processing plant. Its main product is Greek-style yogurt and it opened with a 150 workers.

Aided by progress in three other business parks, the agency was able to exceed its goals in investments and job creation.

This year the agency hopes to spur $32 million in capital investment and add pledges to create 200 new jobs. One aim is to attract a major business with a payroll of 50.

Last year’s success also was made possible by a number of smaller firms that expanded or added employees.

The economic development center’s projects for 2014 include developing three business parks.

Buffalo East Technology’s first tenant will be Yancey’s Fancy. The cheesemaker in the Town of Pembroke will embark on a $20 million upgrade of its food processing and retail facilities.

In the Appletree Acres Corporate Park in Bergen, Liberty Pumps is planning a $9.8 million expansion as its core business of supplying pumps to individuals and distributors grows.

The Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Plant is being developed in the Town of Alabama. The plan is to acquire 850 acres so prospective tenants will have a shovel-ready site.

Two new faces were part of the session. Wolcott T. Hinchey was chosen as chairman, and Raymond F. Cianfrini was elected in January to head the County Legislature.

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