Yogurt Plant Expands, Adds JobsPosted: Updated:
A yogurt plant in St. Lawrence County is expanding and adding jobs.
North Country Dairy in North Lawrence has hired 15 more people. It may hire 10 more. It's investing $3.4 million in equipment for a whole new line of yogurt, which will be shipped to stores across the nation.
“This facility has a long history in the county. So to see the investment and the job creation is exciting for us," said Patrick Kelly, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Chief Operating Officer.
The milk-processing plant that had been in North Lawrence for around a century closed in 2011. It was reopened about 6 months later by Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
With 96 employees, the yogurt plant is the largest employer in North Lawrence. It's also a big taxpayer supporting schools and town government. But its impact is even wider. The expansion will not only benefit North Lawrence and the people who work at this plant. It will benefit area farmers as well. North Country Dairy will soon double the amount of milk it purchases from area farms.
“Whether it's milk. Or whether it's aluminum. When you're producing something here and selling it outside of the area, the impact is you bring in revenue. You keep people employed. Ultimately you build wealth," Kelly said.
The Industrial Development Agency helped with the expansion with a 1-million dollar low-interest loan. The plant also gets a discount power from the New York Power Authority.