posted on July 03, 2012 17:47
U.S. Senator Kirstan Gillibrand was at the Genesee County Agri-Business Park Wednesday to tour the Alpina Yogurt Facility.
In her hard hat and goggles the Senator saw where Alpina’s Greek yogurt and other dairy products will be produced.
Gillibrand's visit came with push for the U.S. Economic Development Administration to approve funding to complete infrastructure developments at the site.
“What we will do is we will write letters of support for any applications they will make for grants, federal grants are always competitive, but what we can do is support those applications and really try to make the case about why this is a really great return on investment,” said Gillibrand.
The additional funding would be used for tools required for food processing. Gillibrand said an increase in infrastructure could boost investment into that area and in turn will boost the economy throughout the region.
“Not only is yogurt production one of the fastest growing industries not only in New York but nationwide, to be so well located with all our dairy’s that are so close by makes business sense. Not only do we have a great workforce, but we have a great product so its going to be exciting create these jobs and have the industry grow right in Western New York,” said Gillibrand.
President and CEO of the GCEDC Steve Hyde also briefed the Senator on what was being done at the Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama.
Gillibrand said the STAMP project was also a great way to bring many entities together to create even more jobs in the area.