Despite the expansion, “we are committed to South Edmeston,” where $250 million was spent to develop the plant, which today employs 2,000 people.
“This is our home,” she said, adding that only time will tell how much more Chobani can grow at that location. With that growth, inevitably comes some growing pains in the rural communities, Kos said. Whether it involves concern about water usage or traffic, “we are always listening to concerns and trying to be good partners,” including attending community meetings.
The company’s commitment to the community is also shown through donations from the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which distributes 10 percent of the company’s profits worldwide, Kos said.
As a privately held firm, the profit total is not released, Kos said. But since it became official in 2010, the foundation has donated to over 50 organizations especially around central New York, to such places as YMCA’s, schools and even building a Little League field in New Berlin.