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Governor Hochul Announces Americold Will Create 60 Jobs at New $41 Million Warehouse in Dunkirk

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that Americold has completed construction of a 181,000 square foot cold storage distribution facility on approximately 28 acres in the Chautauqua County town of Dunkirk. The $41 million project will create 60 new jobs, in addition to the 250 construction jobs created to build the facility, which will provide much-needed cold storage for the region’s food supply chain.

“New York State is pleased to support Americold’s growth and advance economic recovery efforts in the vital food manufacturing sector in Western New York,” Governor Hochul said. “The food and beverage industry will continue to play a major role in reviving our state’s economy, and through innovation, coordination, and responsiveness to consumer demands, New York businesses like Americold will help ensure that we continue to lead the country in shipping and storage.”

The food and beverage industry is a large and stable contributor to the US economy. it plays a leading role as an employer in many regional economies. Industry efficiency, continuous innovation over time, and response to changing consumer demand have helped ensure the affordability and quality of the U.S. food supply, as well as the competitiveness of US food exports. Americold’s project is an example of how the primary economic activity of food manufacturing creates secondary value-added impacts with its storage and shipping needs – rippling through local and regional economies, creating additional income and jobs for businesses.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said: “We want to ensure that Western New York’s food production industry continues to thrive. Americold’s massive warehouse project will catalyze economic growth in Chautauqua County and throughout the region, supporting local manufacturers with expanded storage and transportation solutions and creating new jobs that will help secure a better future for all.”

New York Power Authority Chairman John R. Koelmel said: “The Niagara Power Project is a cornerstone of economic development in Western New York where it directly supports tens of thousands of jobs. We at NYPA are proud to support Americold so it can establish a new facility cold storage facility in Dunkirk that will create 60 jobs and provide storage space for Wells Enterprises, a major ice cream manufacturer and NYPA client.”

Americold offers a complete temperature-controlled storage and distribution network based on the most advanced technology. For nearly 120 years, Americold has provided engineered, technology-based solutions for the temperature-controlled supply chain industry – supporting everyone from local artisans to regional grocery stores, and from domestic food producers to international food organizations. food and drink. Americold’s services include freezing and tempering, kitting, labeling, date coding and repackaging to meet the needs of its global customer base.

George Chappelle, CEO of Americald, said: “Americold is proud of the vital role we play in the food supply chain. We are committed to providing best-in-class service to our customers while helping them feed the world. This Dunkirk plant, which is our first in Western New York will help us better serve our customers in the region and fulfill our mission.We are excited to be a part of this community and expand our presence in the state.

To encourage Americold to build in New York State, Empire State Development offered the company up to $700,000 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs program in exchange for creating 60 full-time jobs. Additionally, the New York Power Authority provides 830 kilowatts of low-cost hydroelectricity to Niagara.

State Senator George Borrello said: “It is gratifying to see a major project that we have worked on with state and local authorities for over a year come to fruition. This new cold storage facility from Americold will support the growth and expansion of the industry. local food production while creating 60 new good-paying jobs.This latest investment in our region by a Fortune 500 company is an affirmation of our region’s top-notch workforce and commitment to development. economic strategy. My thanks go to Governor Hochul, Commissioner Knight and all those who played a part in this victory.”

Assemblyman Andy Goodell said: “Americold’s state-of-the-art, $40 million facility will play an important role in providing critical cold storage capacity to the nearby Well’s Enterprises ice cream plant, strengthening our local economy, creating dozens of new jobs and broadening our tax base. The project reflects the combined efforts of Americold with the help and support of Governor Hochul, Chautauqua County IDA, New York Power Authority, National Grid, Empire Development and numerous state officials. and premises.

Chautauqua County Executive Paul Wendel, Jr. said: “I am thrilled to see this new economic development project come to fruition. Americold’s success will support the growth of other local businesses who can use the facility to store their products.”

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About Empire State Development
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