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Genesee IDA grants tax breaks for Alpina yogurt plant addition

BATAVIA – Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center have Thursday approved tax abatements totaling nearly $80,000 for a $1.1 million expansion project at Alpina Foods Inc. in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park on East Main Street Road.

Since the request was for less than $100,000, the board was able to support the fund resolution without having to schedule a public hearing, said Rachael J. Tabelski, marketing and communications director for the IDA.

Tabelski said the plant will receive $62,903 in property tax incentives and another $15,408 in sales tax breaks as it constructs a 3,200-square foot addition.

The company plans to add more space for a new bottle-filling machine and packaging equipment for a new drinkable yogurt product.

“They are excited about their drinkable yogurt line and are committed to staying in Batavia,” said Tabelski, noting that Alpina spent $5 million in 2014 to install a line to manufacture 32-ounce “family-style” Greek yogurt.

She added that Alpina already has hired temporary workers who are expected to become full-time employees, and that this latest project will create four new positions.

Work on the new addition will start right away and is expected to be completed in September, she said.