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December 27, 2013

Area dairy farm gets grant to expand

Area dairy farm gets grant to expand

A Chenango County farm received a $275,000 grant according to a recent announcement by Empire State Development.

The state agency’s board of directors met about a week ago and approved $12.4 million in funding for projects expected to create more than 80 new jobs and retain 625 existing jobs throughout the state, according a media release.

Sunrise Family Farms, a company that manufactures a variety of dairy products including frozen yogurt and smoothie base as well as Greek-style yogurt, will use a grant of up to $275,000 for a portion of the cost of the purchase of machinery and equipment as part of a project that includes facility renovations and the development of a new dairy processing plant.

Because of a rapid increase in sales and product demand, Sunrise outgrew its existing facility. The company asked the state for assistance to establish a second manufacturing location, and to purchase machinery and equipment.

The project was completed in September, and Sunrise has acquired, renovated, and equipped a 25,000-square-foot vacant manufacturing building in Greene to increase production.

As a result of the additional facility, the company said it expects to be able to double its manufacturing capability as sales and demand continue to increase. Sunrise will retain 35 existing jobs and has already created 17 new jobs, exceeding its job-creation goal, according to the release.

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