CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- Byrne Dairy announced Wednesday that it has entered into an option agreement with the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency as a first step in its proposed development of a yoghurt plant and agritourism center at Finger Lakes East Business Park in the Town of Cortlandville.
According to a news release:
The option gives Byrne Dairy the right to purchase the 127-acre park if it receives site plan approval, can secure local incentives, and is granted New York State funding assistance. All such contingencies must be met for the project to move forward.
With more than 80 years of dairy manufacturing experience, Byrne Dairy’s ongoing commitment to Upstate New York is reflected in its selection of Cortlandville as the ideal location to expand its manufacturing operations, develop its agritourism park and extend its product line. The decision to add a cultured dairy plant to its manufacturing inventory was made after extensive market research and a careful review of a number of different growth opportunities.
If it receives approval, construction of the new plant would begin in mid-2013. The manufacturing facility would be Byrne Dairy’s fourth in Central New York. It currently operates a fluid milk plant and an ice cream plant in Syracuse as well as its Ultra Dairy plant located in East Syracuse.
Byrne Dairy looks forward to becoming part of the Cortland community and in addition to the manufacturing facility, plans to develop a tourism and dairy education center that will be of benefit to families across the region.
“Our vision is to create a destination for generations to experience by carefully planning the site to have visitor access for tourism and entertainment as well as training and educational opportunities,” said Byrne Dairy President and CEO Carl Byrne. “We want to build an environment that inspires and encourages learning along with attractions that utilize the site’s beautiful scenery and available land.”
Finger Lakes East, a New York State certified “shovel ready” site with frontage on State Route 13, with underground utilities and a significant amount of time-consuming permitting work already finished, was completed just last year.
“We always felt like the park would be a valuable tool for us in our work to attract development and grow jobs in Cortland County,” said CCIDA Executive Director Garry VanGorder. “For us to have this opportunity now, with a quality company that wants to invest here and grow here, is tremendously important for our community.”