Great Lakes Cheese Plans to Build New $505M Plant

The company intends to erect a new 486,000-sq-ft cheese production facility in New York State.

John S. Forrester, former Managing Editor

February 12, 2021

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Cheese manufacturer Great Lakes Cheese is planning to make an investment of $505 million to build a new cheese plant and wastewater treatment facility in Amity, NY, several local news organizations reported.

Allegany County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Executive Director Craig Clark told The Wellsville Daily Reporter that the new facility will house production and packaging assets. The company reportedly selected the site after a 18-month search.

The economic development organization held a virtual public meeting on February 9 to discuss the company’s request for assistance to open the facility in Amity, coverage in The Olean Times Herald said. Great Lakes Cheese is looking to buy 210 acres near Amity to build the 486,000-sq-ft production plant, as well as a 50,000-sq-ft structure for wastewater treatment.

If the project moves forward, the opening of the plant will create some 200 new jobs.

Great Lakes Cheese is asking local officials for a variety of incentives to move the plant to Allegany County, including tax inctives totaling up to $21 million, $171 million in real estate tax exemptions during the term of a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement, and up to $9 million in mortgage tax exemptions, according to the Daily Reporter. Allegany County IDA is reportedly mulling a 20-year PILOT agreement.

The company may close its plant in Cuba, NY if it decides to open the facility in Amity.

Founded in 1958, Great Lakes Cheese manufactures natural and process bulk, shredded and sliced cheeses that are sold by retailers and in foodservice, information on the company’s website states. It currently operates more than 100 production lines across its manufacturing footprint.

About the Author(s)

John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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