BATAVIA, N.Y. – Alpina Foods today broke ground on its first North American manufacturing facility, bringing up to 50 jobs and a $15 million investment to Genesee County, N.Y. Though the company has sold its broad line of dairy products in American markets for several years, the new development marks its first plant in the U.S.
"This is a tremendous day for Alpina Foods," said Carlos Ramirez, Alpina Foods' General Manager. "Not only are we building our first North American plant, enabling easier distribution to U.S. and Canadian markets, but we will also develop new products here, specifically created for North American consumers."
Drawn by access to the thriving agriculture and dairy industry of upstate New York, along with a ready labor market, Alpina Foods chose Batavia for its 10th global manufacturing facility, following locations in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. The company worked closely with the State's Excelsior Jobs Program and numerous state and regional economic development organizations on the location of the 10-acre site, and was further attracted to the region after its work with nearby Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Alpina Foods has already begun hiring for the 40,000 square-foot facility, and is in talks with local dairies to supply milk. The Batavia plant is expected to be fully operational by July 2012, and will produce nearly 4,000 tons of yogurts in its first year.
"Alpina's choice of Batavia for its first North American manufacturing facility demonstrates that agriculture is a growing industry with deep roots and a bright future in Upstate New York," said Empire State Development CEO, President and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "Our reliable milk supply, combined with the region's strong workforce, will help Alpina Foods thrive in Genesee County for years to come."
All upstate New York residents are likely to appreciate Alpina Foods' new location. The company is well known for its commitment to the communities in which it operates. With a philosophy that leadership refers to as "collective prosperity," Alpina Foods wants to transfer success beyond the company, and positively impact the surrounding community, farmers, environment, partners, and others in the region.
"By combining our European heritage with our Latin edge, we have continued to innovate, grow, and create hundreds of beloved products while contributing to the development of the communities around us," said Alpina CEO Julian Jaramillo. "It is our corporate practice to grow with our surroundings, hand-in-hand with our neighbors."
Alpina was established in 1945 by two Swiss entrepreneurs and visionaries who brought their families' traditions and cultural expertise to Sopo Valley, Colombia. The company, now headquartered in Bogota, sprung from the founders' modest artisan cheese factory and today earns more than $800 million in annual revenues from more than 500 dairy products that it exports to 20 countries. With its latest addition in Batavia, N.Y., the company now operates ten industrial facilities in three countries and employs more than 6,500 worldwide. Alpina is proud to be a consumer-centric and environmentally friendly company that embraces the philosophy of collective prosperity, or encouraging success both within the company and in its neighboring communities and the world.
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