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Governor Hochul Announces $25 Million Project Coming to Batavia

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that La Fermière, a family-owned French yogurt and desserts company, will establish its U.S. production operations in New York State. The company has committed to constructing a 45,000 square-foot yogurt and dairy desserts production facility at Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia, with plans for future, additional expansion. As a result, La Fermière, expects to create up to 135 New Jobs in the region. Additionally, the company will utilize millions of pounds of milk provided by New York dairy farmers to create its globally renowned dairy products. Agribusiness is a core pillar of the locally designed Finger Lakes Forward plan, a comprehensive plan that is working to revitalize and grow the regional economy.
"We're proud to welcome La Fermière to Genesee County, bringing jobs and opportunity to the Finger Lakes region," Governor Hochul said. "This investment shows that our bold economic recovery plan for the Finger Lakes is working, attracting new businesses and helping communities across the region grow and thrive."
Founded in Marseille, France in 1952, the company was purchased by Groupe Tarpinian in 2002. In the mid to late 2010's, La Fermière began working with a New York state based co-packer in an effort to bring its sustainably packaged French yogurt to the U.S. market. The company had considered site locations throughout the country for its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility but selected New York, thanks to the focused support from both the State and its regional economic development partners.
La Fermière President and CEO Jean-Jacques Tarpinian, said, "We are very excited to launch this project of building our very first yogurt and dessert production facility in Batavia, New York. The great support of the state and GCEDC team really helped us in our decision. The Batavia site meets our main requirements for success: quality milk and large cream supply, logistics hub and work force availability. Being close to local farmers, at the heart of milk production, was key for us, as we will use up to 6 million gallons of milk every year. Our five-year presence in the U.S. market expanded beyond our expectations. This state-of-the art facility will help us achieve our very ambitious goal in the U.S. market, which offers large opportunities by manufacturing the best all natural yogurts and desserts, with innovative recipes and process." 
Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, "La Fermière's new plant in Batavia will boost farmers, add great-paying local jobs that will support the dairy industry's continued growth and success, and further strengthen the region's agricultural base. The company's decision to establish its production facility here is further proof that New York State is an agribusiness leader."
As announced by Gov. Hochul, La Fermière plans to ...
  • Invest $25 Million
  • Construct 45,000 SQ FT Facility
  • Create Up to 135 New Jobs
“La Fermière’s decision to locate their U.S. operations in Genesee County demonstrates that investing in shovel-ready sites like the Genesee Valley Agribusiness Park draws great companies to New York.  We’re excited to work with La Fermière to see this project to success as we continue to grow our food and beverage manufacturing workforce. Thanks to Governor Hochul’s leadership, businesses are finding the right sites and ready communities in New York for their growth.” - Steve Hyde, Genesee County Economic Development Center President & CEO

Project Discover Builds on Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park Success

AgParkRailSite2.JPGLa Fermière's planned investment is the latest major construction or expansion project at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

Located in the Town of Batavia, the Ag Park was developed as the largest food and beverage greenfield in the northeastern U.S. to connect the region's agricultural production, talent, and transportation networks.

Since the launch of the Ag Park, Batavia, NY has become the Dairy Processing Hub of the Northeast, led by companies like OATKA Milk Products, HP Hood, Upstate Niagara Cooperative and MarkTec Products.

Projects at the Ag Park and surrounding area have ...

  • Invested $500+ Million in Capital Investment
  • Constructed 1 Million SQ FT of New, Renovated & Expanded Facility
  • Employ 900+ Professionals in Genesee County
  • Generate $1.28 Billion in Estimated Annual Economic Output (IMPLAN 2022 Data)

In addition to the Ag Park, the GCEDC has developed shovel-ready sites at strategic locations across the Buffalo-Rochester Tech Corridor. Available opportunities include the 1,250-acre Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park, home to Plug Power's $232 million green hydrogen manufacturing project; and the 75-acre Le Roy Food & Tech Park greenfield.

Growing Genesee County's Food & Beverage Workforce


Genesee County's workforce, business, and economic development partners have engaged in a long-term programs that have enabled over 1,000 students to complete career exploration activities, and increase technical and career education participation by 30%.

In advance of anticipated growth in food & beverage professions, the Genesee County Economic Development Center, Cornell University and many Genesee County partners are bringing more opportunities for students to advance their careers with training and experiences.

The Cornell in High School program will launch in June 2022, providing 40 career-focused high school seniors with ...

  • 22.5 hours of training
  • On-site experiences from local manufacturing employers
  • A High School Dairy Processing certificate micro credential in addition to their high school diploma

"Cornell University is an asset to our dairy industry and has partnered with us in our strategic workforce approach to building a pipeline direct from high school with career focus students in a 3 day bootcamp format." - Genesee County Economic Development Center Vice President of Business & Workforce Development Chris Suozzi

Interested students should reach out to their local guidance counselors or contact GCEDC Vice President of Business & Workforce Development Chris Suozzi (csuozzi@gcedc.com) for more information.


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