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Allegany County Industrial Development Agency Response to Great Lakes Cheese Decision

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BELMONT, NY June 2, 2021 – The Allegany County Industrial Development Agency today issued the following statement about Great Lakes Cheese’s new articles to drop its factory development plan at the Crossroads site in Allegany County. The statement can be attributed to ACIDA Executive Director Craig R. Clark.

“The Allegany County Industrial Development Agency has been working with Great Lakes Cheese on the ‘Crossroads Project’ since fall 2019. Most projects are complex, but a new $505 million cheese factory that would create more than $1 billion in investment over the next few years is especially so. It appears that despite the unceasing efforts, hard work and commitment of many people in the public and private sectors, this project will not be completed at the Crossroads as we’d hoped. Great Lakes Cheese has confirmed that they will no longer consider development at the Crossroads site and will continue to explore alternate locations in the region.”

                “Our role as facilitator continues in regional efforts to keep this project in Allegany County and Western New York so it will benefit upstate’s dairy farmers, current and future employees, construction workers and the school districts and municipalities where it might still be built. We’ve emphasized to Great Lakes Cheese officials that we will continue to assist their efforts around this worthy manufacturing project in any way we can in Allegany County and Western New York.”

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