Local Farm Unveils Major Expansion Project

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A local dairy farm is unveiling a big expansion project which was made possible, in part, thanks to money from National Grid.

Milk Street Dairy in Tylerville has added five new buildings to its operations.

The project includes a high-tech milking parlor and a new barn.

The farm owners invested $2 million and also received a $50,000 grant from National Grid, which will help defray power costs.

"It is a good opportunity and we were pleased they made it as easy as possible," said farm co-owner Dr. John Ferry.

The project will increase milking capacity by 800 cows and will be more energy efficient.

The expansion is also expected to create new jobs for local workers.

After all, someone's going to have to take care of - and milk - all those cows.

The following is a news release from National Grid:

Milk Street Dairy LLC, a dairy farm in Tylerville, N.Y., has completed construction of five new buildings and increased its production capabilities in part due to an investment from National Grid's upstate New York economic development program.

The $50,000 National Grid grant helps to defray the cost of extending 3-phase electric service to the dairy farm. A $2 million investment by Milk Street Dairy will improve productivity and increase milking capacity by 800 cows, nearly tripling production. The expansion includes a new barn, connecting building, holding pen, high-tech milking parlor, and utility building. Milk Street Dairy anticipates the expansion will create new jobs.

"Like all small businesses, Milk Street Dairy's ability to thrive depends on incorporating new technologies, while controlling expenses," said John Ferry, co-owner and partner, Milk Street Dairy. "When proposing the construction of a new facility to allow for further expansion and job creation, one looming cost increase was electrical power.  With the assistance of National Grid, through the 3-Phase Power Incentive grant, our new facility is supported by 3-phase power, helping us to control costs. National Grid supplied a much appreciated incentive to push this project forward."

Since the inception of its 3-Phase Power Incentive Program in 2003, National Grid has awarded 21 grants for a total of nearly $710,000 to small business and agri-business customers in the communities it serves across Upstate New York for projects that require 3-phase power for business growth.

"National Grid is dedicated to promoting small businesses and helping them grow by providing ways to increase their productivity and reduce capital costs," said  Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid regional executive of Central New York. "Our 3-Phase Power Incentive Program allows businesses like Milk Street Dairy to become more efficient and save money. We are pleased to aid businesses right here in Central New York that are undertaking projects that result in growth, increased sales, and job creation and retention."

Eligibility for National Grid's 3-Phase Power Extension program is open to National Grid electric service customers in one of the following industry sectors: manufacturing, regional warehousing/distribution center, scientific research and development, agri-business or tourism-related North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. The business must also demonstrate the ability to retain and attract jobs and capital investment, and that 3-phase power is necessary to serve an increase in the customer's electric load.

"The Milk Street Dairy project is an example of how agriculture is growing our economy," said Jay M. Matteson, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator. "The construction of buildings, purchase of equipment, and the growth in milk production creates jobs locally and elsewhere. The partnership with National Grid is critical to the success of growing agriculture. The $50,000 investment by National Grid makes these expansion projects possible. We look forward to the success of Milk Street Dairy and working closely with National Grid to address the power needs of our agricultural industry."    

For more information on the program and other eligibility requirements, please visit www.shovelready.com.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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