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Upstate Niagara Cooperative pays $22.5 million for ex-Alpina plant

Upstate Niagara Cooperative has purchased the former Alpina yogurt plant in the Town of Batavia for $22.5 million.

The buyer has not yet announced when the plant will reopen or what products it will make there.

"This production ready facility is only a few years old and represents an investment by our member owners towards continued and long-term growth for our cooperative," said Larry Webster, CEO of Upstate Niagara Cooperative. "We look forward to adding manufacturing jobs within the Genesee County community while offering additional products and manufacturing capabilities to our customers."

Alpina closed the plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in January, eliminating 35 jobs. The plant opened in 2012.

Upstate Niagara Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative of 327 dairy farms in Western New York.

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