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Ag-park welcomes Alpina Foods as first tenant

The Genesee Valley Agri-business Park, hailed as the first of its kind in New York state, will see a flurry of activity in the coming weeks, highlighted by groundbreaking ceremonies for its first tenant.

The 200-acre project, which stretches between state Routes 5 and 63, will welcome Alpina Foods, a yogurt manufacturer. It will be the Bogota, Colombia-based firm's first facility in the United States.

The 40,000-square-foot plant site will cost $15 million and spread out over about 10 acres.

Officials with the Genesee Economic Development Center, developer of the park, said a groundbreaking will take place later this month.

Alpina already has $1.5 million in incentive packages, half of it in 10-year mortgage and sales tax exemptions courtesy of the county economic development agency and half from a federal grant to the Town of Batavia for property acquisition and job training.

Meanwhile, the development agency has awarded a $2.2 million contract for sanitary sewer construction at the park to Sergi Construction of East Aurora, with work slated to start Sept. 1.

A second tenant was granted a $57,100 tax relief package. Marktec will move from its present location on nearby Ellicott Street to a 2-acre site, erecting a 5,000 square-foot facility where it will sell, install and service bar code labels and ink jet printing.

William E. Cox, owner and the city's First Ward councilman, said more than half of his firm's business is with food processing operations.

The Ag-Park is a joint public-private partnership between the development agency and Farm Credit of Western New York. Its neighbor is the O-A-T-K-A Milk Products Cooperative, which plans a two-story, $15 million addition for its dairy products processing operations.

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