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2 major projects planned in Genesee County

BATAVIA – Two major industrial projects will get underway this spring in separate parks owned by the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Liberty Pumps, located in the Appletree Acres Corporate Park in Bergen, is planning a major addition at a cost of $9.8 million. The 100,000-square-foot addition will include manufacturing warehouse, research and office space.

The family-owned firm makes a variety of pumps for residential and commercial use, which it sells to distributors throughout the country. Twenty-seven jobs would be added to the staff of 154 when the project is completed this year.

A $575,000 payment in lieu of taxes will be paid over a 10-year period. Taxing agencies are the village and town of Bergen and the Byron-Bergen School District.

A fund is also being created to improve electric service to the park, which opened in 2000 with Liberty as the first tenant.

Across the county in the Town of Pembroke, cheesemaker Yancey’s Fancy will build an $18.2 million, 112,000-square-foot plant in the Buffalo East Technology Park.

The food processor begun by the Kutter family also is enlarging its retail store and the original cheesemaking operation nearby in the hamlet of Pembroke. The two sites are near Thruway Exit 48A.

The economic development center already has approved $1.6 million in sales and use, mortgage and other taxes for the two projects.

The county’s former industrial development agency is concentrating on its major project, the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Plant (STAMP) in the Town of Alabama.

The Economic Development Center’s goal this year is to make most of the 1,250-acre farms and woods “shovel ready” so marketing for tenants can begin.

The state already has committed $5 million for STAMP but millions more are needed to complete infrastructure. The project – with an eventual capacity of up to 9,000 specialized jobs – will seek companies that make solar panels, computer chips and semiconductors.

State Sen. Michael H. Ranenhofer, R-Clarence, and Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley, R-Batavia, are seeking a $33 million appropriation in the state’s budget, which is due April 1.

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