BATAVIA – The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, hailed as the first in the state for food processors, will get a fourth tenant in the new year, according to the park owner, the Genesee County Economic Development Corp.
Genesee Biogas, a biodigester, has received a $1 million grant from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Funding Application program “to design, build and operate a biogas plant to support the park.”
No date for construction has been set, the Economic Development Corporation said. However, the agency makes start-ups easy not only with infrastructure – roads and utilities in place – but in clearing the forms and permits necessary to break ground.
The new arrival to the 200-acre park on the city’s eastern border will join Greek yogurt makers Alpina Foods and Mueller Quaker, and Marktek Products, a labeling and packaging operation that works with food processors.
The plant’s fit in ag-business is its conversion of organic waste produced by dairy farms and yogurt makers into methane gas to produce low cost electricity.
The two environmental goals won the attention and support of the Regional Economic Council of which Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties are members in its Finger Lakes region.
GCEDC’s goal since Alpina, a Colombia-based firm that opened its first U.S. operation in late 2011, and the Mueller Group and its partner Pepsi Co., a later addition to the park, has been to lure a biogas company to complement the yogurt making operations. The two yogurt plants also added over 200 jobs, most of them from this area.
GCEDC now owns and operates five business parks in the towns of Batavia, LeRoy, Bergen and Pembroke plus its Med-Tech office, and is developing the site for a Science Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama.
It partners with Farm Credit East on the Ag-Park.