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Great Lakes Cheese Starts Work on $518M Manufacturing Site

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A rendering of the planned Great Lakes Cheese plant in Franklinville, NY.
The 500,000-sq-ft location in Franklinville, NY will create 215 new jobs and replace an existing facility in the region.

Packaged cheese maker Great Lakes Cheese started work on its new $518 million manufacturing and packaging plant in Franklinville, NY, a release issued by the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.

“Great Lakes Cheese was uncompromising in its search for a site that worked for our employee-owners, our business, and the local community. Franklinville checked every box,” the firm’s CEO Dan Zagzebski said in a release.

Representing the company’s biggest infrastructure investment to date, the new, 500,000-sq-ft location in Cattaraugus County will replace an existing plant in Cuba, NY. Great Lakes Cheese plans to retain 228 jobs in the region and create an additional 215 positions.

“The new facility – the largest economic development project in the history of Cattaraugus County – will provide an extraordinary boost to the region’s economic growth, nearly double the company’s workforce, and increase the stability of our state’s dairy farms.”

Slated to become operational in 2025, the plant will consume 1.42 billion lb/yr of milk supplied from New York State dairy producers.

Great Lakes Cheese also operates plants in Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin, and another cheese production site is currently under construction in Texas.

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