posted on May 31, 2012 16:21
The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park has been bustling with construction since Pepsi Wave and Alpina said they were moving in.
WBTA spoke with the Genesee County Economic Development Center to get an update on the progress of the County’s new neighbors.
The parks first tenant Alpina is nearing completion of their yogurt plant by putting on the finishing touches on the inside of the building. They hope to be manufacturing yogurt by this fall.
Marketing and Communication Manager for the GCEDC Rachel Tabelski said Alpina is still looking to fill 30 jobs.
“Possible engineers, other line type workers, logistics would be another one, quality control workers, food safety workers, maintenance and sanitation type of workers and warehousing where people would work in shipping and receiving,” said Tabelski.
The second tenant Marktec products owned by Batavia’s own Bill Cox is expected to be the first building completed within the next few months.
The plant makes food processing labels and will be working with the other tenants to do so.
Tabelski said thanks to the City of Batavia’s cooperation so far workers haven’t hit any snags while building.
“Our responsibility was to make sure that all the utilities were in the park and hooked up and we hooked into the city’s sewer system and that was all done and the timelines were all met. So that went really well and smoothly. The electric was in the park, but the poles had to be put up and National Grid came out and had that done all within a timeline that was acceptable for Alpina,” said Tabelski.
Muller and Pepsi’s Project Wave food processing plant is the third and largest tenant, taking up 85 acres on the site and will create 186 jobs within four years.
The frame of the facility is the only thing that’s been built on it so far, the plant is expected to open next year sometime.
Chris Suozzi GCEDC’s Vice President of Business Development said right now they are working to bring four other projects to the park.
The Agri-Business park located next to the Genesee County Fair Grounds on State Route 5.