GOSHEN, NY—New York State and Orange County officials announced on Tuesday that Amy’s Kitchen, a Santa Rosa, CA-based producer of natural and organic convenience foods, has closed on the purchase of approximately 200 acres in the Town of Goshen.
The firm plans to build an organic food-manufacturing plant of between 350,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet, according to officials with the Orange County Partnership, the county’s lead economic development agency. The acquisition and plant project will total approximately $100 million in investment.
Amy’s Kitchen represents one of the largest greenfield manufacturing plants to select New York State over the last three decades, New York State officials said. The privately-held, family-run company employs 1,900 workers. The firm plans to break ground on the project in late 2014 or in early 2015 and expects to have the new plant operational by the end of 2015. The plant is expected to create approximately 700 jobs once operational.
Empire State Development has agreed to provide Amy’s Kitchen with up to $6.8 million performance-based incentives, which are tied directly to investment and job creation commitments, in the form of a capital grant and Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Additionally, the company has received a 15-year PILOT agreement from the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, which includes a $4.5-million property tax abatement, $420,000 in mortgage tax exemptions and $6.5 million in sales and use tax exemptions.
The IDA also awarded $500,000 for required infrastructure enhancements, which ESD assistance will also help to support, including costs involved in constructing a $1.7 million access road. Amy’s Kitchen will fund the remaining cost of the infrastructure improvements necessary at the site.
“We are so excited about the opportunity to build a plant in Goshen. Geographically it’s in the perfect spot to supply our largest customers. The potential to source so many of our agricultural ingredients close to the plant was another important factor in our decision. We also believe it’s a great area to attract excellent employees,” says Andy Berliner, owner of Amy’s Kitchen.
“Today’s announcement represents the culmination of hard work and steady collaboration between the Governor’s office, my staff, our friends at the Partnership and IDA, Goshen officials, and, of course, the Amy’s Kitchen team,” says Orange County executive Steve Neuhaus. “Amy’s Kitchen will bring jobs and new economic opportunities to Orange County, and the fact that this world-class natural foods company chose Goshen for its new manufacturing site is a testament to our county’s economic competitiveness, skilled workforce, and top-notch quality of life.”